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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Doesn't charity begin at home?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 at 11:46 AM

Reuters: Reports that Wal-Mart is going to provide nearly 300 generic drugs for $4 prescription starting in Tampa, with its large retirement community, and expanding to the rest of Florida by January. Rollouts are expected in other states next year. Critics call it a PR ploy. Wal-Mart calls it a demonstration of its commitment to affordable health coverage.

A better commitment would be to an all-out deployment of its lobbying force -- mostly working to get Blanche Lincoln and Mike Ross to remove tariffs on already low-cost imports and to protect the riches of the Walton family -- to work for universal health coverage. It would be a boon to Wal-Mart as well as all working people in America.

Wal-Mart Watch says, by the way:

“So much for a 'major health care initiative.'  Wal-Mart could have seized the opportunity to fix its woefully inadequate health care plan and small percentage of covered employees. It should have offered to reimburse Florida taxpayers for its Medicaid and CHIPS tab. But it didn't, and that's disappointing.

It is a good thing for people to be able to buy cheap prescription drugs.  But let's get to the heart of the matter: marketing spin about working families is just for show. The real truth is that Wal-Mart is in fierce competition for the pharmacy, health and beauty aids and "quick stop" shopper, in the lucrative and expanding baby boomer age category. Call CVS and Walgreens for more details.”

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