Wal-Mart Health Care Dilemma Essay

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Wal-Mart Health Care Dilemma
There have been some concerns about Wal-Mart’s treatment of its employees, suppliers, the environment, and the overall economic impact on communities. Wal-Mart has been criticized by some community groups, women’s rights groups, grassroots organizations, and labor unions, specifically for its extensive foreign product sourcing, low wages, low rates of employee health insurance enrollment, resistance to union representation, sexism, and management efforts to pressure employees to vote for specific parties during national elections. Wal-Mart, one of the world’s largest retailers, has the reputation of paying its employees poorly, along with
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Approximately 182,000 of Wal-Mart employees are left completely uninsured while another 43,000 must rely on Medicaid and other state run programs (“More Wal-Mart Workers,” 2010, para5). According to “Low Prices,” (2009), the information in chart below shows just how much Wal-Mart expensive and unattainable health care plans are costing state public assistance programs. These are not the only states affected. State | Year | Program | Enrolled | Yearly Costs | Alabama | 2005 | Medicaid | 3,864 dependents | $1.7-$2.4 million | Arkansas | 2005 | Public Assistance | 3,971 workers | $4 million | Illinois | 2005-6 | Medicaid | 1,132 employees | $2.5 million | Massachusetts | 2005-6 | State health insurance | 3117 workers & 2813 dependents | $8.8 million | | 2003-4 | State health insurance | 823 workers & 1,656 dependents | $1.3 million | Pennsylvania | 2006 | Medicaid | 7,577 employees | $15 million | Washington | 2003 | low-income health plan | 341 workers | $651,992 | | 2004 | low-income health plan | 281 workers | $475,452 | Wisconsin | 2004 | BadgerCare | 1,813 employees & dependents | $1.8 million | | 2004 | Medicaid | 1,952 children | (incl. above) | | 2005 | BadgerCare | 1,252 workers & dependents | $2.7 million |

Wal-Mart’s spending on health care for its employees falls well below industry and national

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