Monday, March 01, 2004

Wal-Mart Kids are PeachCare Kids

Children of Wal-Mart employees constitute a disproportionate share of PeachCare recipients:

A snapshot of Georgia's program for uninsured children shows that it's packed with kids of Wal-Mart employees.
A state survey found 10,261 of the 166,000 children covered by Georgia's PeachCare for Kids health insurance in September 2002 had a parent working for Wal-Mart Stores.
That's about 14 times the number for next highest employer: Publix, with 734. . . .
The ratio of Wal-Mart employees' children per company worker in Georgia . . . greatly exceeds those of Publix and Shaw Industries and Mohawk Industries, the Nos. 3 and 4 employers on the PeachCare list.
Wal-Mart, with 42,000 workers in the state in 2002, had about one child in the health care program for every four employees. The ratio for Publix was one child in PeachCare for every 22 employees. For Shaw, it was one for every 30 employees, and for Mohawk, one for every 26 workers.

But don't expect to hear whether this number goes up or down; the survey was never intended to be released, and has not been conducted since. Because, hey, why should the public know what employers are screwing both their workers and the taxpayers?