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Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare
Washington Examiner ^ | January 7, 2014 | RICHARD POLLOCK

Posted on 01/07/2014 1:32:37 PM PST by Hojczyk

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 “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.

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.

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.

The medical journal reported a 30-year-old smoker would pay up to $428 per month, in contrast to roughly $70 each month for a Walmart employee.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: aca; healthcareplan; obama; obamacare; obamacarepremiums; obamalies; ppo; walmart; walmarthealthcare; walmarthealthplan

1 posted on 01/07/2014 1:32:37 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

It will all change next year???? They will have to meet the Obamacare plan????


2 posted on 01/07/2014 1:33:34 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Not really a shocker, but funny. The private sector always does it better.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 1:34:13 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Hojczyk

This is one story that won’t be seen in the MSM.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 1:34:43 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Hojczyk

That’s because it was “Made in China”.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 1:35:32 PM PST by moovova
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To: Hojczyk

It could change. We’ll all find out in October when it comes time to start renewing health plans for businesses.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 1:36:00 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Hojczyk

Great! where do I sign up?


7 posted on 01/07/2014 1:39:41 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Hojczyk

a government plan is going to be based off the lowest denominator so it casts a wide net. Probably just about any company plan is going to beat Osamacare..


8 posted on 01/07/2014 1:42:30 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Hojczyk

But the left hates Walmart, and so Walmart is bad and so is their plan.

Besides, the 0bama plan takes money from those who work and gives it to those who vote democrat.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 1:44:11 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: writer33

And the left REALLY hates that.
In fact, they get vehemently angry when someone “encroaches” on what they see as a government function.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 1:45:11 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Hojczyk

Face Palm time


11 posted on 01/07/2014 1:45:21 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Hojczyk

Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare

Ahhh... but does it cover contraception and abortificents?


12 posted on 01/07/2014 1:46:07 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Hojczyk

Will it survive the employer-based OCare shredder coming later this year?


13 posted on 01/07/2014 1:59:14 PM PST by lurk
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To: Hojczyk
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.

I betcha it's much easier to to find a doctor who will accept Blue Cross Blue Shield than to find one who will accept Obamacare, too!

14 posted on 01/07/2014 2:08:20 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sooth2222

Why? obamacare plans are stuff like Blue cross and other major companies.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 2:10:17 PM PST by Monty22002
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To: Hojczyk

I think we’d better off letting Walmart run health care.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 2:10:22 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Hojczyk

I am not even mildly surprised.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 2:11:52 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Hojczyk

But I’ll bet the Wal-Mart plan is substandard by ObaMao definition in that it doesn’t cover unlimited drug treatment, sex change operations, abortions and Sandra Fluke style birth control . . .


18 posted on 01/07/2014 2:25:56 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Hojczyk

Really if Wallmart was smart they would sell healthcare in the store to customers....you know they could out preform anything the goverment did..if the criteria was it be self supporting


19 posted on 01/07/2014 2:29:21 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Running elections, too.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 2:36:45 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Hojczyk
If we smashed this thread into the following, will we find the elusive God particle?

Wal-Mart Relies On Taxpayers To Subsidize Low Wages [Free Republic]

21 posted on 01/07/2014 2:48:26 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: ilovesarah2012

The biggest healthcare reform in my lifetime was the Walmart $4 script. Suddenly for the cost of a pack of smokes you could get a month supply of medication.

Walmart should have been put up for the Nobel prize, I’m not kidding.

Med schools should have a course on treating from the $4 script list.


22 posted on 01/07/2014 2:53:48 PM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Hojczyk

Bookmark.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 3:12:04 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Hojczyk

I have a sister who works full time for Walmart. She was diagnosed with cancer. Not only did her insurance cover her, Walmart paid for one months rent on her apartment, arranged to help her get to her chemo appointments, and donated an extra $1500 for expenses. Think the government will do that when you get sick?


24 posted on 01/07/2014 3:23:03 PM PST by Seabeejas (h)
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To: Hojczyk

— A NICE OLDER WOMAN ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL HAS MASSIVE CANCER - AND HAS LOST HER HEALTH INSURANCE FROM FLORIDA BLUE

- THANKS OBAMA

- YOU CAN GO BACK YOUR STUPID GOLF GAME WITH YOUR HOMO HS BUDDIE NOW


25 posted on 01/07/2014 5:00:02 PM PST by devolve ("He's just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." "Barry of Bungle" "Homo Electus")
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To: Seabeejas

If you’re over 40 the government will probably give you a pain pill and a hearty “bon voyage.”


26 posted on 01/07/2014 5:49:44 PM PST by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Hojczyk

“Always better than Obamacare.Always”


27 posted on 01/08/2014 4:53:30 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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