Target: Walmart CEO Doug McMillon
Goal: Restore health insurance benefits for part-time employees
Walmart has announced that it will be denying health insurance benefits to its part-time employees due to the fact that more people have enrolled in the health care plans it was offering through the Affordable Care Act than originally estimated. Rather than invest in their employees or cut corporate pay and bonuses to support these responsible individuals, they’ve decided to kill all health benefits for any employee working less than 30 hours per week.
Due to the fact that several conservative governors have elected not to take free government money to expand Medicaid in their states, this will leave many thousands of workers and their families without any kind of health insurance. Worse, many Walmart employees have complained that scheduling is unreliable and they have no control over how many hours they’re allowed to work. Denying health insurance for part-time workers opens up the door for Walmart to cut the hours for as many workers as it wants so it won’t have to pay for their health insurance.
Walmart has already come under heavy fire for abusing workers, offering low pay and little to no benefits for most low-level employees. But to deny so many of its employees any health coverage simply because Obamacare is so effective is despicable even for them. The CEO of Walmart makes an obscene amount of money, so there’s no doubt that he could find a way to afford to cover the extra workers who signed up for insurance plans.
Please sign this petition to demand that Walmart give back the basic right of health care to the employees that it relies on to continue running.
Dear Mr. McMillon,
Your company recently announced that you will be denying health insurance benefits to any of your employees who work under 30 hours per week, effectively leaving 30,000 of your workers out in the cold. This decision came about simply because more people were signing up for health care plans and it was going to cost you more money than you had previously expected.
I am well aware of how much profit Walmart makes each year and how much you, personally, are paid. There is absolutely no excuse for denying the basic right of affordable health care to the workers that you depend on to keep your stores running. If you and your fellow executives shared just a fraction of your income, you would easily be able to cover the additional health care plans.
Lack of health insurance often forces people to ignore health issues that can later develop into serious problems simply because they cannot afford a visit to the doctor. By denying health coverage to your employees, you may be condemning some of them to an early, preventable death. Such a thing is not worth protecting your “bottom line.”
I demand that you immediately and fully restore health insurance benefits for your part-time workers. Failure to do so will show that you care more about your own profits than the lives of the people who make those profits possible.
[Your Name Here]
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