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A Wal-Mart boycott is what Sam would have wanted

Wal-Mart, one of America’s true capitalist success stories recently came out in favor of the employer mandate for “meaningful” health coverage for all employees.  The retailer did so in a letter that was also signed by the Service Employees International Union, and John Podesta of the left-wing Center for American Progress.

An employer mandate would have the effect of running up costs for small businesses who, while they can’t provide health care, DO  provide jobs for millions of people in this country.  The obvious result will be loss of jobs, and quite likely, the loss of many of these businesses themselves — some of which, in the aggregate, probably represent significant competition for Wal-Mart.

We’re not saying Wal-Mart’s move is solely to eliminate competition, but it seems to make sense that it’s at least part of the reason.

When we wrote to Wal-Mart expressing our displeasure, we received this boilerplate letter.

Thank you for your inquiry.  At Wal-mart, we believe the time for comprehensive health care reform is now.  The present system is not sustainable and the status quo is not an option.

We also believe in shared responsibility and support an employer mandate that is broad and fair.  That mandate must be accompanied by strong efficiency provisions that will reduce health costs and dramatically improve the value we get for our health care dollar.

The bill should contain ‘trigger’ provisions which guarantee that promised savings take place both for the federal government and for employers who provide insurance.

We applaud the bipartisan efforts in Congress to craft and pass legislation.

Again, thank you for contacting us with your concerns.  For any additional information, we would suggest visiting our website at www.walmartstores.com.

And our comeback:

Well, you’re wrong.  And your company is helping to deliver us into a socialist/fascist nightmare.  Where has government healthcare worked?  Medicare is bankrupt, and the VA is notorious for inefficiency.  What leads you to believe the band of idiots in congress now will do a better job?  Your way leads to rationing of health care.  I refer you to the Wall Street Journal editorial page of today for a discussion of how diabolical and cold this can be.

You should be ashamed.  Sam Walton is spinning in his grave.

The WSJ article referenced is here, and it really does paint a scary picture of health care “quality control” that is in fact rationing.

Unless we miss our guess, it doesn’t seem like a great American entrepreneur like Sam Walton would be interested in saddling weaker competition with government mandates as a means to gain competitive advantage.  No true capitalist would.  So the right thing to do is inform Wal-Mart of your disgust (there’s an online contact form at the Wal-Mart website), and stop patronizing the company — which includes the Sam’s Club outlets.   It’s a boycott even Sam would approve of.

Thank you for your inquiry.  At Walmart, we believe the time for comprehensive health care reform is now.  The present system is not sustainable and the status quo is not an option.

We also believe in shared responsibility and support an employer mandate that is broad and fair.  That mandate must be accompanied by strong efficiency provisions that will reduce health costs and dramatically improve the value we get for our health care dollar.

The bill should contain ‘trigger’ provisions which guarantee that promised savings take place both for the federal government and for employers who provide insurance.

We applaud the bipartisan efforts in Congress to craft and pass legislation.

Again, thank you for contacting us with your concerns.  For any additional information, we would suggest visiting our website at www.walmartstores.com.

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