Archive for the 'Health Care' Category

ONE HEALTH INSURANCE BELLWETHER…

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

There’s much more to the Great Recession than just Walmart, but the corporation’s vast size makes it the obvious place to look for indicators in our recoverless recovery. A drastic drop in two-income families looks to me to be the culprit here. From the Associated Press: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says more of its workers are […]

FEELING THE PAIN OF WORKING AT WALMART…

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

I worked discount retail through high school and college and I moved a lot of heavy materials, most often lots of 32-pound cases of paint, on a regular basis. I managed to stay healthy and uninjured. The Las Vegas Badger isn’t quite so fortunate. Today, I had to downstack over 9,000 pounds of groceries so […]

Does Walmart still support health care reform?

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Let’s play pundit…. It looks like there’s going to be a health care reform bill, a weak one without a public option or a Medicare buy-in, for which the only vehicle for driving down costs is an insurance exchange. Let’s do a thought experiment inspired by Jonathan Chait of the New Republic: Why can’t people […]

GROUND ZERO FOR CONTAGIOUS INFECTIONS…

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Jonathan has written before and continues to write about how Walmart’s sick-leave policy for employees all but guarantees that shopping in a Walmart puts you at risk of becoming infected with some any number of viral and bacterial contagions. But for those Walmarts with in-store clinics, you’re at risk from customers shopping while waiting to […]

PATIENTS WELL ENOUGH TO SHOP…?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Jonathan has been all over the Swine Flu and Walmart employees, but this afternoon I came across an interesting story up in Senator Olympia Snowe’s state of Maine where Walmart is opening in-store health clinics. I’ve written several times about these kinds of clinics, but given the near panic in this country about the Swine […]

SHOULD ANDY GO TO WORK FOR WALMART…?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

When given the chance to think of the four worst places self-described spokesjerk Andy should go after being fired from Blue Cross Blue Shield for well, telling the truth, he came up with: Blackwater, Walmart, Goldman Sachs and Faux Fox News. Where do you think he should apply? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

OH HELL FIRE, JUST LET WALMART DO IT, II…

Friday, October 9th, 2009

On Monday I linked to Part I of Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen’s arguments for turning our nation’s health care over to Walmart. Yesterday she published Part II of her argument. The Just-Let-Walmart-Do-It approach didn’t get any stronger. In its “Better Health Care Together” statement, Wal-Mart outlines four principles for a healthy America. One of these […]

I AM SO DOOMED…

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

There’s just no way around it. I’m going to Hell. No, it’s probably worse, I’m going to be forced to be a Walmart greeter in Hell, getting pitch-forked every time a customer comes into the store. I’m going to spend eternity in agony and shame because damnit… When I read this story, I couldn’t help […]

OH HELL FIRE, JUST LET WALMART DO IT…

Monday, October 5th, 2009

If there are two elements that I would suggest never be combined they would be Wall Street and health care. Clearly the people who stole billions from American taxpayers are not to be trusted with the basic health and well being of those same citizens. From 24/7 Wall St: Let Wal-Mart take over the creation […]

Tying up loose ends.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

This is the letter that “Stock” is referring to in the comments: I work for Wal-Mart (the evil empire) and was invited to my supervisor’s office yesterday to be “sold” on the new computerized schedule practice that will go into effect on July 25, 2009 at the store where I work. I was informed that […]

HOW ABOUT AT THE OTHER END, WALMART…?

Monday, September 21st, 2009

A great deal has been written in the news over the past week about Walmart’s decision to ship, postage-free, it’s stock of $4 drugs, a good idea. But a follow-up story suggests that Walmart ought to think about mailing its drugs to the stores first. From The Salt Lake Tribune: As Utah and other states […]

MAX BAUCUS IS A REAL FOW…

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Remember in President Barack Hussein Obama’s speech to Congress where he said this week: “[W]e can’t have large businesses and individuals who can afford coverage game the system by avoiding responsibility to themselves or their employees.” He might have been starring directly at Senator Max Baucus (R-Montana). He was sure as hell talking about Walmart. […]

AS LABOR DAY APPROACHES…

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I’ll be spending my Labor Day weekend with my family in Marietta, Ohio, and I expect part of the time will be at the Washington County Fair. Like most American holidays, Labor Day has become yet another vacation day to burn meat on charcoal fires. Unions would like us to take a few minutes to […]

FINALLY, DEVELOPMENTS ON DIEGO JIMENEZ…

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Remember the tale of Diego Jimenez, the drug courier delivering your $4 medications to Walmart? Even though I’ve been taking some personal time, my computer has been tracking stories of interest, including the events in Cedar City, Utah. From The Salt Lake Tribune: In April 2008, Diego Jimenez pleaded guilty to selling marijuana. One year […]

Business does what’s best for its business.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

As a Whole Foods shopper, I’ve been paying an awful lot of attention to this Whole Foods boycott that’s come up since their CEO John Mackey came out against health care reform. That doesn’t mean I’m joining it, I just think it’s interesting. Why am I not joining it? Well, for one thing, I agree […]