Taking the Wal-Mart challenge
Dr. Jack Lewin, chief executive officer of the California Medical Association, said today he and other supporters of Proposition 72 will begin taking what he called "the Wal-Mart challenge" beginning Tuesday.
Lewin promised that supporters of the mandated employer healthcare law will show up at Wal-Mart parking lots and other locales accompanied by former Wal-Mart workers to take up a challenge laid down over the weekend by Wal-Mart executive Bob McAdam.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Saturday, McAdam said: "There's no proof that any of our associates are on public assistance. I defy anyone to prove it."
Prop. 72 supporters began airing TV ads over the weekend that cited a UC Berkeley Labor Institute study that estimated California taxpayers spend $32 million a year on healthcare for Wal-Mart employees and their family members who must rely on public programs for their healthcare.
How many former Wal-Mart employees will the Prop. 72 campaign produce? Lewin would say only that it is more than one.