“Progressives” never learn that the private sector and free markets do things better than the government does. From the Washington Examiner:
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.
Much more at the link. The Walmart plan offers a wider network of better hospitals, more doctor choices, etc.
Afterthought: I realize that Walmart is chipping in some of the cost of the insurance (as most businesses do) but it certainly isn’t to the tune of 100’s-of-percent more than what the employee pays. What Walmart did — and the federal government (Obamacare) did not do — was to negotiate with Blue Cross Blue Shield over the cost of coverage. The fed simply told ACA providers what had to be covered and then said, “Charge whatever you want to.”
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