Downloadable Audio of Wal-Mart Statement on Maryland Health Plan Mandate

The following statement can be attributed to Wal-Mart Spokesperson Sarah Clark:
 
We are pleased that the Federal judge in Maryland has ruled in favor of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and said that Maryland’s mandated health care law conflicts with federal ERISA law and is null and void.
 
This law did nothing to control the cost of health care or improve
access to health care, so it’s no wonder that legislators in 28 other
states rejected this as bad public policy.  We’re providing real
solutions to bring more affordable and accessible health care to our
associates and their families, like providing coverage to children of
part-time associates, expanding the availability of the new $11 per
month Value Plan, and by reducing the waiting period for part-time
associates to become eligible for coverage. 
 
We are dedicated to improving health benefits options to our associates.  In fact, we are among the largest providers of private sector health insurance in the nation with more than 1 million people covered through our insurance.