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WASHINGTON -- Wal-Mart opposition group WakeUpWalMart.com is asking Minneapolis-based discount chain Target Corp. to reconsider its proposed changes on employee health care.
Published reports say that Target is now offering private health accounts funded in large part by individual employees, and would consider dropping its traditional health insurance coverage altogether for high-deductible plans coupled with private savings accounts.
"Target's announcement that it may eliminate traditional health care plans for its workers confirms our worst fears of Wal-Mart's growing negative impact on America's workers," said Paul Blank, campaign director for WakeUpWalMart.com, in a statement. "While Target may think adopting a 'Wal-Mart-like health care model' will save the company money, such a change could prove very costly. Not providing affordable health care is one of the main reasons Wal-Mart faces an unprecedented grass-roots campaign, mounting public opposition, and a political backlash."
Blank added, "We, like Target's customers, believe Target wants to be a better company than Wal-Mart."
He said he hopes Target will work with WakeWpWalMart.com to ensure its "good public image always matches up to reality."