No one cares more about poor Americans than the Wal-Mart corporation does. That's why Wal-Mart is speaking up to say: The government must stop forcing Americans to waste money on health care, when that money could be spent buying crap at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart has so many customers that its economic fortunes are considered to be a strong indicator of the economic fortunes of the middle and lower classes as a whole. No one sells more stuff to poor Americans than Wal-Mart does, and no company is responsible for keeping as many Americans poor as Wal-Mart is. Wal-Mart is the shining symbol of American poverty!
Of course, this means that whenever Wal-Mart has a bad quarter, it can just point to various ongoing national issues as an excuse. Well, sales were poor in the most recent quarter. Why might that be, Wal-Mart? From the Wall Street Journal:
"While it is not coming through in customer research, we do know that some of our customers are concerned about the impact of the Affordable Care Act," Carol Schumacher, vice president of investor relations, told analysts on Thursday. "For many of our customers, having to afford health care and insurance may be another line item in their personal budget that they may not have had to cover previously." Wal-Mart says it has 140 million customers a week.
How does the US government expect Wal-Mart to increase their sales of cheap plastic crap when all of their poverty-stricken customers are forced to waste money on frivolities like health care? It's unAmerican, by god. All praise due to the Wal-Mart corporation for being brave enough to stand up and declare: We're fine with poor Americans (such as our own employees) being bankrupted by a single hospital visit, as long as they have a few extra bucks to spend shopping at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart's argument about health care costs could just as easily be applied to taxes, gas prices, food costs, or Wal-Mart's low wages.