The left despises Walmart. [I’m not a fan, either, but unlike a leftist, my disdain for Walmart doesn’t translate into a desire to deny other people the opportunity to work and shop there; live and let live.] But in terms of affordability and access to quality medical services, Walmart’s plan beats Obamacare hands down.
Obamacare offers a restricted list of hospital participation. Walmart, on the other hand, belongs to a national healthcare network that provides almost twice as many participating hospitals. What’s more, Walmart’s network of doctors dwarfs Obamacare’s. “You will notice there are 9,837 doctors [under Obamacare]. But the larger network is 24,904 doctors. Huge, huge difference,” Slayton said.
In addition to better care, the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that unsubsidized Obamacare enrollees will incur monthly premiums up to nine times higher than Walmart premiums. JAMA indicated that the unsubsidized premium for a nonsmoking couple age 60 can cost $1,365 per month, while the Walmart monthly premium for the same couple would be $134 per month.
But while the Walmart health plan may beat Obamacare by costing less and offering better options, it can’t come close to Obamacare in terms of massive inefficiency, cronyism, regulation, bureaucracy, and waste.