Man, Wal-Mart's insurance deductable is only $350 - $1000? Where do I sign up?? Not kidding around here: I work for a division of one of this nation's largest HOSPITAL corporations, but healthcare is one of the most notorious fields out there for shafting their employees when it comes to benefits and insurance???
As a single person, I have a $1200 annual deductable, with $45 office visits, and $35 co-pays on scripts. NO LIE. I also have a "$1000 minimum payment" for any ER visit. I draw a reasonable salary, what some might even consider a good salary depending on your perspective. Howver, when it comes to healthcare, I feel like the epitomy of "working poor"-- I literally can't afford to be sick. The market in our geographic area is tilted towards the Frists' HCA-affiliated facilities, meaning that our company's facilities have no foothold in the area.
Did you happen to see the PBS documentary on Wal-Mart several months back? Investigative reporters went to India(??) (maybe Indonesia or Malayasia instead-- I don't remember?) to inspect working conditions and factories, then after being cited for labor violations, those companies went back to Wal-Mart and tried to work something out to raise workers' salaries by literally pennies. There was an exchange that took place regarding adding $.02 -$.03 to employee wages-- to which Wal-Mart responded, "You know, we're glad you brought this to our attention. Actually, we need you to do it for $.03-$.04 LESS
per person than you are right now, or else we'll take our business to China where they haven't had all these pesky labor reforms." Nice. The documentary included segments filmed in factory worker camps, replete with small bamboo homes housing 6 or 7 families each, filthy children bathing and drinking polluted water, people coming and going at all hours, women working 30 hour shifts, etc etc etc. The crowning glory was when the film crew brought a woman who'd worked in the factories to a Wal-Mart in the US, where she went inside and found a shelf of sweatpants she'd sewn selling PER PAIR for more than she made in about 6 months time.... makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, no??