Free enterprise isn't really free enterprise when American taxpayers are subsidizing corporations.
But in Ohio, responsible employers are being undercut by irresponsible big businesses who rely on the state to make up for the wages or health care they don’t provide to their workers.
And no surprise to regular readers of this blog--Walmart is at the top of the list.
A new report released by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and promoted by the Ohio UFCW locals shows that Walmart has more employees on any kind of state assistance than any other employer. In fact, about 28% of Walmart's employees are on Medicaid alone! That's not counting Walmart workers on food stamps, CHIP, or other numerous taxpayer-funded program.
The truth of the matter, is that Walmart's "competitive" business model can't compete without taxpayer subsidies. All of us have to bear the burden for their irresponsible corporate behavior--and that's unfair to responsible corporate citizens who compete with Walmart AND provide affordable, quality health care to their employees.
So Walmart must change its ways. And as we look at health care reform, we need to make sure any reform includes strong employer responsibility provisions.
We need to make sure that Walmart and other companies can't shirk their responsibilities and force responsible companies into an unfair situation.