Letter to Statesman Journal
by Rosalie Pedroza, Turner HCAO-Marion-Polk Counties
October 12, 2014
I’m not surprised the multi-billion dollar company Wal-Mart has decided to stop providing health insurance for its part-time employees because it “can’t afford it”. Most of its employees are part-time and Wal-Mart has never had any qualms when taxpayers subsidize its employees with food stamps and now health care because of its low wages and lack of benefits. Do they want to direct them to their own company clinics where who knows whether or not Wal-Mart will have access to private patient records?
It’s time to stop putting insurance companies between us and our doctors and join all industrialized nations. They have long known that all benefit when everyone is covered just like police, fire, and other services that everyone pays in to make sure their neighbors are kept safe. After all, healthcare is a human right and Walmart’s actions are just one more reason we need universal care.