Charge #2: Wal-Mart Pays Little or No Benefits
Learn more about Wal-Mart benefits here.
Jason Furman's paper “Wal-Mart: A Progressive Success Story” concluded that "Wal-Mart’s health benefits are similar to or better than benefits at comparable employers. Some key comparisons are summarized in Table 2" (click to view larger version).
"Wal-Mart is relatively unusual in that it offers health insurance both to full- and part-time employees...Wal-Mart pays about 70 percent of the cost of health benefits, similar to the retail industry."
What about all those Wal-Mart workers using Medicaid?
Furman states: "In total, as shown in Table 4 (click to view larger version), 5 percent of Wal-Mart employees are on Medicaid, which is similar to the percentage for other large retailers and is comparable to the national average of 4 percent."
"The fact that Wal-Mart employees top the Medicaid rolls in a number of states is simply a reflection of Wal-Mart’s enormous size, not the higher likelihood that its employees will be on Medicaid... For some Wal-Mart employees, Medicaid is the sensible choice...Our fiscal system gives much less of an incentive for low-income employees to get employer provided health insurance..."
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