Walmart Cuts Health Care for Employees

Largest private employer cuts coverage for part-time workers, raises premiums.
2:15 | 10/21/11

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For millions of Americans struggling in these tough times right now 28 million Americans have jobs but no health insurance. But that number is likely shoot up because of a controversial move from the nation's largest private employer Wal-Mart -- BC's David Wright explains. Everyday low prices for everything but the health insurance. For all those nice people in blue aprons wal mart's plan is already so expensive many workers can't afford it. I can't afford the health insurance that they offer even though -- harmful time I'm a nine dollars and 80 saying and I am -- department managers. Wal-Mart had been offering coverage to part time workers many companies don't. Now the world's largest retailer is dramatically cutting coverage to part timers. And raising premiums for everyone else -- caught between a rock and a hard place health care costs are rising. And they have the pressures of the weak economy next year the most popular health plan Wal-Mart offers will cost workers 36%. More new part time workers won't even be offered health insurance unless they work 24 hours per week. For more than a year. It's a national trend workers are paying more for less an astonishing fourteen million Americans work full time. But have no health insurance because there either ineligible or can't afford it. The numbers are staggering but it's here that you really see the scope of the problem. This is a free clinic set up in an LA sports arena sort of thing you normally -- in a disaster zone except these people. For just seeking routine care. Some of these people have insurance but the deductibles are two time where the policies don't cover things like dental care. Police -- Castro lost her insurance went Estee Lauder laid her off last year. Today she learned -- a lump in her breast. You've got a lot of bouncing -- and -- that you know. And that. -- -- minute and then in addition to a mammogram she took advantage of the free dental care. In order so you have the opportunity that person being in the job market. You have to have a beautiful smile but in this economy there's not much to smile about David Wright ABC news -- it.

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