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Walmart Statement Regarding Healthcare Reform

Monday, July 20, 2009  
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At Walmart, we believe the time for comprehensive reform is now. The present system is not sustainable. The status quo is not an option.


With that in mind, Walmart, Service Employees International Union and Center for American Progress came together to add our combined voices to the momentum behind reform. Together we sent a letter to President Obama and key Congressional leaders supporting some important aspects that should be included in health care reform legislation: an employer mandate, strong efficiency provisions and a 'trigger' mechanism to ensure cost reductions.


At Walmart, we believe in shared responsibility and support an employer mandate that is broad and fair. We believe the mandate should cover as many businesses as possible, and cover part-time as well as full-time employees. Any alternative to an employer mandate should not create barriers or disincentives to hiring workers with disabilities, entry level employees, or people from low income families. We also believe that a mandate must be accompanied by provisions that will reduce health costs and dramatically improve the value we get for our health care dollar.


Our company has chosen the path of active engagement on health care reform. We believe it is in the nation’s best interests to reform our health care system, and that Walmart has a role to play.


For a copy of the letter and statement, please visit


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