Saturday, January 14

The Maryland General Assembly has approved legislation forcing Wal-Mart to pay more for its employee health care. The bill, which passed despite a veto by the governor, requires employers with more than 10,000 workers to spend at least 8% of their payroll on employee health care or else pay into a fund for the uninsured. At this time, only Wal-Mart is affected by the legislation.

What's fair for Wal-Mart should be fair for everyone. How would the small business owners in the state react if it was mandated that ALL businesses HAD to spend at least 8% of their payroll on health care? Where did we ever get the idea that health care costs should be borne by employers in the first place?
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