Friday, January 13, 2006

“Equipment” maintenance - a basic cost of doing business

Finally. Someone is going to make Wal-Mart pay the freight for healthcare for their workers, rather than continue to allow them to foist off those costs onto we taxpayers.

It is simply unfair, as I’ve said before, to force taxpayers to subsidize Wal-Mart’s business by providing tax-funded healthcare for their full-time workers. If Wal-Mart can’t afford to pay for healthcare for their workers, it obviously means that their business plan is flawed. But Wal-Mart should not expect NON-customers to subsidize their enterprise in order that they may outcompete those businesses that choose to treat their employees decently and provide them with access to healthcare.

Clearly, healthcare is as important as food and shelter to an employee’s well-being, and any full-time job should be required to provide for an employee’s basic needs. For a company to pay less can only mean that they expect others to pick up the tab, while the company reaps the benefits of the employee’s labor, and in a just world this would be illegal.

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