Health Care Crisis: Wal-Mart to the Rescue!
You’re probably thinking “What the F%$#!&*^%$#$!#?!?!?!?!?” But this article makes a few interesting points.
Yes, Wal-Mart has thrown people out of work by driving local stores out of business. And your local emergency room is flooded with Wal-Mart employees who can’t afford (or aren’t qualified for) their company’s health care “coverage.”
But: Wal-Mart now offers low-cost prescriptions for 350 generic drugs. A 90-day supply costs $10. And about a thousand over-the-counter drugs are available at extremely cheap prices. Take that, pharmaceutical robber barons.
I’m surprised there isn’t a gang war going on between the Big Pharm Crips and the Wal-Mart Bloods.
Wal-Mart has also started opening inexpensive walk-in medical clinics at some of its stores. So far they’re just in Atlanta, Little Rock and Dallas. There should be more soon.
Well, it’s a start.
Now, as long as we’re visiting Bizarro World, let’s stay on a roll…
Wal-Mart is too liberal! That was not a typo. There really are a few ultra-rightwing dildos out there who believe this.
Peter Flaherty has been attending Wal-Mart shareholder meetings to tell the management they’re too soft on unions, too accommodating to homosexuals and too concerned about the environment. He yelled into the mike: “People shop at Wal-Mart because of low prices, not because the company is politically correct.”
Flaherty is head of a rightwing think tank called National Legal and Policy Center, which owns a few thousand dollars’ worth of Wal-Mart stock. Another member of the National Legal and Policy Center said: “The more Wal-Mart tries to appease the Left, the more the Left demands.”
I’m sure glad the Far Right isn’t demanding like that.
cross-posted at Bring It On!