Medicare, Eat Your Heart Out!

(Exactly…….. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)

Reason #83473792 why the free market is better than government intervention:

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s biggest retailer, said Monday it will offer 90-day prescriptions for $10 and lower the prices of more than 1,000 over-the-counter medications to $4 or less.

The company said the offerings are the third phase of its $4 prescription program.

Beginning Monday, Wal-Mart said it will begin filling prescriptions for up to 350 generic medications at $10 for a 90-day supply.

The company said with the over-the-counter medication price rollbacks, about one-third of its over-the-counter medicines are now $4 or lower.

The company said it also added several women’s medications to its list of prescriptions available for $9. The medications include alendronate, the generic version of osteoporosis medication Fosamax.

All without congressional bickering.

All without raising taxes.

All without pork barrel spending.

All without government mandates.

All without more bureaucrats.

This is the same Wal-Mart that liberals despise for supposedly “exploiting” people.

Well baby, if this is wrong then I don’t wanna be right.

About AuH2O

  • Renee

    He loads and unloads trucks FULL TIME… he isn’t eligible for Walmart’s employee health insurance for an entire year. He has to buy his own, while his daughter is on MassHealth.  

  • schulteraffe

    …there was a text book example of distortion by means of cherry picking, here it is.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    “Just wait until Walmart corners the market on filling prescription drugs and puts the little pharmacies out of business.  When there is no competition left they will raise their prices through the roof and make a killing.  It’s just like they did with, with, with uuummmm, ummmm, ummmm, oh wait, they haven’t ever done that”.

  • I’ve been a Wal-Mart Associate for the past 11 years & 10 months (since I first got out of high school, through college, graduate school, & I’m still hanging around as the Community Relations Director).  I’m not exactly the highest paid State Committee member but hey, I’m also not exactly prohibited from enjoying my 3 weeks of paid vacation, either.  Excuse me if I rant & ramble on a bit but this post has grown since I first started typing but I hope you’ll forgive me if I try to shed some light on an often unseen side of my company.

    I certainly heard about this development during our morning meeting around 8:00 am today.  The program, the original version of which was trumpeted loudly at the Wal-Mart Annual Stockholder meeting that I attended in Arkansas last year, has not only made millions for the company but, more importantly to most of you, it has saved the average American millions & millions.  

    As far as health care goes, there is a 1 year waiting period to qualify for company paid health care.  I currently have Blue Cross Blue Shield & pay a whopping $90.00 per month for it.  I also pay $6.00 per month for dental.  AFLAC costs me about the same as dental and I deduct a small portion of my bi-weekly check for stock purchases & my 401-K.

    Anyway, enough about my personal finances.  Let’s look at something I know about intimately, Community Relations.  Did you know that Wal-Mart donates millions & millions of dollars each year to charity?  

    Just recently the company donated $1.5 million to America’s Second Harvest to combat hunger in the United States.  Did you know that every Wal-Mart has a Monthly Donation program?  I administer $300.00 per month which I distribute to eligible organizations (non-profit groups, government agencies, public schools, etc) on gift cards.  I made 6 such donations, at $50.00 each, just today.  Occasionally, if there is a grave need I’m permitted to go a little above & beyond that budget.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to go to that well one too many times.  

    Also recently, Wal-Mart donated tens of thousands of dollars to renovate a historic black church in Boston.  My own market (which is simply 8 stores in Southeastern Mass) donated over $10,000 to the American Heart Association.  Likewise, we were recently recognized at the Massachusetts Special Olympics dinner at Harvard for our contributions to the organization (I personally put through a $1,500 grant for them in our last fiscal year).  

    Additionally, each local store administers grants through the Wal-Mart Foundation.  The programs change from year-to-year but this year I will give out $16,000.00 in Community Grants & $3,000.00 in Local Community Contributions.  I’ve already committed nearly $10,000.00 of these funds to local charitable groups.  

    On top of all of that we have the “Volunteerism Always Pays” program.  The VAPs are basically free money, $250.00 per group/per semester for up to $1,000.00 per year to eligible organizations for volunteer work that our associates are already doing!  If 5 or more associates volunteer on a particular project as a group then well, there’s an Event VAP that can be even more lucrative!  I couldn’t begin to list the total number of organizations that we support through our variety of grant programs.

    I also schedule eligible groups to do fundraisers out in front of my store.  Today we had Operation Smile.  This weekend we’re doing something special by allowing the UMass Dartmouth’s Students in Free Enterprise to do a car wash.

    Just this past Friday I was able to rescue winter clothing, destined for the trash compactor, and donate it to various SouthCoast organizations.  Likewise, I was able to donate all of our unsold Christmas decorations & such to area groups in order to help provide a Christmas for those in 2008 who might not have had much of one in 2007.  While I’m rambling on about all this, let me publicly thank one of our fellow SouthCoast Republicans, Phil Paleologos of the Shawmut Diner in New Bedford.  He has helped me tremendously in finding good homes for these items.  His waitresses have also helped us raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Boston.  Similarly, I have a policy of donating unsold, and again…destined for the trash…to local hospitals for both sick children & grieving parents (thanks to a customer who runs just such a volunteer group in these hospitals).  Finally, while I don’t personally run it our claims department donates broken bags of dog & cat food to the ASPCA and open bags of diapers to WIC.

    Now, beyond all of THAT let me bring up my personally favorite part of my job.  I oversee my store’s fundraising on behalf of the Children’s Hospital Boston through the Children’s Miracle Network.  Actually, right now is our “Miracle Month” drive and you should be asked by our cashiers if “would you like to donate to Children’s Hospital Boston?” and if so they’ll sell you a little paper icon of a red & yellow hot air balloon with the words “Children’s Hospital Boston” emblazoned across the middle.  To give you an idea, for the past 2 weeks we’ve sold nearly 2,200 of those paper balloons.  All of the donations go directly to an account earmarked for CMN activities.  At the end of each calendar year Wal-Mart empties those accounts & gives 100% of it to Children’s Hospital Boston.  My store, which isn’t necessarily the leader of the pack by any means, has raised over $1,000 each week for the past month for the Children’s Hospital Boston.  Last week alone we did $1,500.00.  Since the beginning of 2007, my store has raised a net profit of approximately $10,500.00 for CHB.  My goal for this year is $30,000.00.  Last year I came in just over $24,000.00 (1 store in the area did over $30,000 & another over $40,000).  In addition to the paper balloons, you may notice a donation bin near the exit of your local Wal-Mart (mine is directly across from the exit).  For nearly the past year I’ve placed American flags on a card table in front of the donation bin (today I placed some POW/MIA flags in the run up for Memorial, Independence, & Veteran’s Day as a new experiment).  Every week for the past month I’ve been able to deposit over $400, each week, into my Children’s Miracle Network account thanks to the generosity of my customers.  In addition to all this, local Wal-Marts also arrange car washes, car shows, bake sales, and various other activities in order to raise money for Children’s Hospital Boston.  My memory is a bit hazy but last year the 60+ Wal-Mart stores that raise money for Children’s Hospital Boston raised just under $1 million.  For the past 6 years we’ve raised a total of over $6 million.  There’s actually a section of 1 floor dedicated to Wal-Mart for all the money its raised.  I was just up at CHB last month for our annual campaign kick-off and tour.  Of course, CHB is just one of many hospitals as a part of the Children’s Miracle Network.  Last year Wal-Mart raised over $10 million for CMN in the month of May, alone.  This year, we’re committed to doing it again!  Keep in mind that when it comes to Children’s Miracle Network & Children’s Hospital Boston, Wal-Mart does it all thanks to the hard work of our associates & the great generosity of our customers.  It’s done one penny, one nickel, one dime…one dollar at a time!    

    I live in the SouthCoast but did you know that there were nearly 4,000 CHB encounters from children in my region?!?!  That’s almost 4,000 trips to the ER, inpatient, or outpatient services by kids approximately 50 miles away.  

    Heck, if our local GOP committees & maybe even the State Party raise our profile by donating to a great cause I certainly would suggest Children’s Hospital Boston!

    I’m sure that I’m leaving something out but here’s hoping that I gave everyone a good overview of the Good Works programs provided by Wal-Mart.

  • Renee

    From the Wall Street Journal in 2005

    Call it the hip that changed health-care history. When George Zeliotis of Quebec was told in 1997 that he would have to wait a year for a replacement for his painful, arthritic hip, he did what every Canadian who’s been put on a waiting list does: He got mad. He got even madder when he learned it was against the law to pay for a replacement privately. But instead of heading south to a hospital in Boston or Cleveland, as many Canadians already do, he teamed up to file a lawsuit with Jacques Chaoulli, a Montreal doctor. The duo lost in two provincial courts before their win last week.

    The court’s decision strikes down a Quebec law banning private medical insurance and is bound to upend similar laws in other provinces. Canada is the only nation other than Cuba and North Korea that bans private health insurance, according to Sally Pipes, head of the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco and author of a recent book on Canada’s health-care system.

    “Access to a waiting list is not access to health care,” wrote Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin for the 4-3 Court last week. Canadians wait an average of 17.9 weeks for surgery and other therapeutic treatments, according the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute. The waits would be even longer if Canadians didn’t have access to the U.S. as a medical-care safety valve. Or, in the case of fortunate elites such as Prime Minister Paul Martin, if they didn’t have access to a small private market in some non-core medical services. Mr. Martin’s use of a private clinic for his annual checkup set off a political firestorm last year.

    No matter what government does.. free market will find its way it seems  

  • AuH2O

    The state of Ohio has more MRI machines than England and France combined.

    That’s a fact.

  • a rash, I don’t need to go to a doctor to tell me “You have a rash….probably some form of simple dermatitis…here’s a prescription for ‘X’.”

    The HORROR!!!!!

  •  want socialized healthcare?

    Put some years into the military and then go to the VA and see how long the wait lists are for specialists.

    Took me over 6 months to see an allergy specialist.

    I know, we don’t throw enough $$$$$ at it, like everything else.

  • Renee

    I couldn’t of made this up….

    From the blog Stuff White People Like

    In spite of having access to the best health insurance and fanciest hospitals, white people are passionate about the idea of socialized medicine. So much so that they have memorized statistics and examples of how for-profit medicine has destroyed the United States.

    But before you can exploit this information for personal gain, it’s important that you understand why white people are so in love with free health care.

    The first and most obvious reason is “they have it Europe.” White people love all things European, this especially true of things that are unavailable in the United States (Rare Beers, Absinthe, legal marijuana, prostitution, soccer). The fact that it’s available in Canada isn’t really that impressive, but it does contribute to their willingness to threaten to move there…

    Though their passion for national health care runs deep, it is important to remember that white people are most in favor of it when they are healthy. They love the idea of everyone have equal access to the resources that will keep them alive, that is until they have to wait in line for an MRI.

    This is very similar to the way that white people express their support for public schools when they don’t have children.

  • BrocktonDave

    Now that this is the case…

    The insurance companies will now require us to get our scripts from Wally World, up the deductible to $20 bucks, and charge us more for the service.

    And I shudder to think what the government will do when they mull this over…  They will force the drug companies to use all the money they save from giving doctors gift to provide all drugs this cheap.  Then double our taxes to pay for it.