One of the grievances expressed by Wal-Mart workers participating in the nationwide ” Black Friday ” protests being planned across the country is the lack of affordable health insurance available through the mega-retailer’s benefits plan. Wal-Mart critics charge that the company sets its hour and wage policies such that a sizable percentage of its employees are eligible for state medicaid programs and other public assistance, even suggesting that this is deliberate.
One study in Ohio determined that Wal-Mart had the greatest number of employees enrolled in the state’s medicaid program, and it appears that this is the case in every state where such information is available. In short, a whole lot of Wal-Mart employees and their kids are on medicaid programs across the country.
That means that taxpayers are footing the bill for health care costs that belong to Wal-Mart. So when workers rise up demanding hour and wage increases in order to be able to afford the company health insurance plan, conservatives should get behind them 101%.