Corporate Compliance

Idaho rep: underpaying businesses should reimburse Medicaid coffers

Compliance Monitor, July 27, 2005

Businesses should be required to provide health insurance to their workers or be made to pay to offset the cost of publicly provided insurance. At least, that's a plan put forth by Rep. Bruce Newcomb, the republican speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives, according to the Associated Press.

Newcomb says his proposal would put more of the burden of paying for healthcare where it belongs: on employers. He sited a Georgia study that found 10,261 of the 166,000 children insured by the state's health insurance program are children of Wal-Mart employees, according to the Associated Press. Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer. Newcomb would like to see a similar study conducted in Idaho.

"Rather than taxpayers subsidizing the wealthiest family in the world, maybe the wealthiest family in the world ought to reimburse Medicaid," said Newcomb, according to the Idaho Statesman.

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