January 9, 2014

Who is doing healthcare better than ObamaCare? The Left’s whipping boy, Walmart [Darleen Click]


For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target of unions and liberal activists who have harshly criticized the company’s health care plans, calling them “notorious for failing to provide health benefits” and “substandard.”

But a Washington Examiner comparison of the two health insurance programs found that Walmart’s plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare. […]

Walmart offers its employees two standard plans, a Health Reimbursement Account and an alternative it calls “HRA High” that costs more out of employees’ pockets but has lower deductibles. Blue Cross Blue Shield manages both plans nationally.

Also offered is a Health Savings Account plan that includes high deductibles but allows tax-free dollars to be used for coverage.

For a monthly premium as low as roughly $40, an individual who is a Walmart HRA plan enrollee can obtain full-service coverage through a Blue Cross Blue Shield preferred provider organization. A family can get coverage for about $160 per month.

Unlike Obamacare, there are no income eligibility requirements. Age and gender do not alter premium rates. The company plan is the same for all of Walmart’s 1.1 million enrolled employees and their dependents, from its cashiers to its CEO.

A Journal of the American Medical Association analysis from September showed that unsubsidized Obamacare enrollees will face monthly premiums that are five to nine times higher than Walmart premiums.

JAMA found the unsubsidized premium for a nonsmoking couple age 60 can cost $1,365 per month versus the Walmart cost of about $134 for the same couple.

The medical journal reported a 30-year-old smoker would pay up to $428 per month, in contrast to roughly $70 each month for a Walmart employee.

A family of four could pay a $962 premium, but the same Walmart family member would pay about $160.

Low premiums are not the only distinguishing feature of the Walmart plan. The retailer’s employees can use eight of the country’s most prestigious medical facilities, including the Mayo Clinic, Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. […]

Many top-rated Walmart hospitals — such as the Mayo and Cleveland clinics — are left out of most Obamacare exchange plans.

Read through the rest of the article pointing out greater hospital and doctor access, wider range of services for children, and an annual cash bonus for healthcare spending, and it just furthers the contention that ObamaCare’s primary goal is not to provide healthcare at all.

Infographic ahead …


Posted by Darleen @ 7:55am

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Comments (13)

  1. The Irony! It burnnnnnnnnsss!!

  2. I can’t wait to see the looks on my little Proggie friends’ faces when I ask them if it was worth so much fighting and bad blood and name-calling and extortion and trampling of our rights just to force us all into an insurance program that’s Worse Than Walmart.

    Hell, I just wanna see the look on Pelosi’s face when somebody asks her the same question at a press conference. (Okay, I’ll admit that it will be the same look that’s always on her “face,” but you know what I mean.)

  3. Is this the part where the troll comes out and claims government action spurred the “free market” into real competition, and thus this is an ACA win?

  4. Cow-orkers hit hardest, Squid.

  5. “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

    I mean, Walmart is EVIL, amiright? That’s what all the cool kids say. Ergo, their healthcare must suck big time. Somehow. It MUST, I tell you!

  6. Is this the part where the troll comes out…

    Probably, but it looks like yet another health insurance solution for his mythical family of 4 making $25K.

  7. Ergo, their healthcare must suck big time. Somehow. It MUST, I tell you!

    Really, the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics – who want to go to Cleveland or all the way to Ireland to get seen ?

  8. it looks like yet another health insurance solution for his mythical family of 4 making $25K.

    Ixnay. It involves actually working.

  9. I’m saddened–only a teensy bit, but still noticably. I was looking forward to seeing the lame-ass excuses that hellomynameiswhatsis would use to spin this.

  10. That last one has people paying $40 more per month for the Walmart plan.


  11. But, but, but…………………….


  12. Seen on Twitter:

    @jaketapper: Have you ever looked at your hand? I mean, REALLY LOOKED at your hand?

    — New Colorado state motto

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