Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Pay me now and pay me later

Big retailers' employees are on N.J. insurance rolls

By Jon Shure
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tue, Aug. 23, 2005

One reason people like to shop at big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Home Depot is low prices. But consumers might not realize that they often pay twice: once at the cash register and again when they pay taxes. That's because some of the largest, most profitable retailers in the state also have the largest numbers of employees or family members covered by the state-run, taxpayer-funded health insurance program for low-income New Jerseyans. . . . The report finds that the company with the most employees or employee family members in FamilyCare is Wal-Mart, the state's eighth-largest employer. Among New Jersey's top 10 employers, three others are on the list: Wakefern/ShopRite; A&P and Home Depot.

Remember the Republican Party motto: "Socialize the costs; keep the profits private."

A tip of the hat to Jessica at AFSCME FYI for this.


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