Originally Posted by Rainbowbird
It is not false. Smaller companies would be doing better without giants like WalMart putting them on the edge. They would likely be able to pay their employees better and have better benefits if the local economies were not so endangered.
Bolding mine, again. This last line is false. Perhaps smaller companies would be able to pay their people better, sure, I'll believe that. But a total lack of WM, or for that matter, corporate retailers, would not lead to more affordable healthcare insurance.
The problem with healthcare is that it is unrelated to local economies, or for that matter, national economies. It is its own thing, and unresponsive to other market forces. That is my point. The cost of healthcare insurance is out of control for one reason and one reason alone: the companies that provide healthcare insurance are for-profit companies. This is a perfect example of capitalism run-amok, and therefore has common ground with the criticisms of WM, but the two problems are unrelated.
Now, if WM owned a for-profit healthcare company, I wouldn't like them, then, either, but I still don't think it's the fault of HMOs that the U.S. health system is in crisis. It is the fault of our government. Which is composed of our citizens, so the fault lies with us.
When I was in school, we were taught that we had a mixed economy- neither purely capitalist, nor socialist. We had capitialist companies that had to adhere to government oversight. If we want not-for-profit healthcare, the government is the only entity that can provide it. If we want responsible corporate citizens, it is at least as important to email congress and have them pass laws ensuring good corporate citizenship as it is to boycott.
The nasty strain of greed-worshiping conservatism that started with the election of Reagan in '80 moved us away from a mixed economy, and toward unfettered, immoral capitalism. We are reaping the consequences now, both in terms of corporations like WM and the healthcare crisis.
It is the negligence of our government that has led to the current sorry state of healthcare. Again, I don't like WM, but I call BS on blaming them for healthcare problems of any stripe. Not their job, not their fault. You wanna blame them for discrimination, outsourcing, sprawl? Not only will I hear you out, I'll agree. But on healthcare? Nah.
I think if we are really interested in providing healthcare for everyone, we should call and email our members of congress and tell them to get on board with John Conyers. I think that, regarding healthcare alone, any boycott of any business is pointless.