Sunday, February 26, 2006
After the state of Maryland passed a bill penalizing Wal Mart for skimping on their employee health care benefits and other states threatened to follow suit, the New York Times reports their chief executive on Sunday begged please, no mas!
Wow, it's been a very long time since a grass roots movement won a national battle against a corporate behemoth. I guess all those pesky e-mails to meet-up at Wal Mart actually paid off for the dedicated souls who actually showed up; and no, I was not one of them, I'm sorry to say.
The executive, H. Lee Scott Jr., said that state bills aimed at improving Wal-Mart's benefits "may score short-term political points, but they won't solve America's health care challenges."
Mr. Scott said that Wal-Mart's health plans were "not perfect" but that the company was committed to improving the health care system by expanding its benefits and by opening low-cost medical clinics for workers and the public in its stores.