Wal-Mart Healthcare

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Maryland lawmakers have voted to enact a first-of-its-kind measure, requiring a single company -- Wal-Mart -- to spend more on health care.

Supporters of the vote, which overrides Republican governor Bob Ehrlich's veto, say the measure will also help save money on Medicaid spending.

The measure requires companies who employee more than 10-thousand Maryland workers to spend at least eight percent of their payroll on health care or pay the difference into the state's Medicaid fund.

Labor unions say they want to pursue similar laws in at least 30 other states.

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman says the big retailer was singled out because of "partisan politics" and that Medicaid's problems go beyond the behavior of one company.

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