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Offline happyg

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New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees.

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.

Click here to see an infographic comparing Obamacare's health insurance premiums to Walmart's
Independent insurance agents affiliated with the National Association of Health Underwriters and health policy experts compared the two at the request of the Examiner.

Walmart furnished employee benefit information to the Examiner. Neither Obamacare advocate Families USA nor the United Food and Commercial Workers, which backs anti-Walmart campaigns, responded to Examiner requests for comment.

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.

Click here to see an infographic comparing Obamacare's health access to Walmart's

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 gouple age 60 can cost $1,365 per month versus the Walmart cost of about $134 for the same couple.

Todd said some Obamacare exchange family plan deductibles can go as high as $12,000 before benefits kick in.

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« Last Edit: January 07, 2014, 02:37:16 PM by happyg »

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A good friend of mine works at Walmart.  They hired him when he was 58 years old and he got health insurance for his family for a hundred-some dollars a month - his plan is the Health Savings Account plan.  He also has dental and vision coverage.  He is extremely happy with the benefits plan he gets from Walmart.  If I'm not mistaken, I think Walmart self-insures - they don't use an insurance company for their coverage. 

Liberals hate Walmart because they are non-union.  That's it. 
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Here's the infographic the article talks about:

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Liberals hate Walmart because they are non-union.  That's it.
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Benefits like Walmart has is like making that much more money. In other words, they make as much money as someone with a higher paying job.

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