In an interesting comment on the bill, Wal-Mart spokesman Philip Serghini actually said the following:
We are concerned that the health care bill passed today...is a kind of hidden tax that runs counter to Wal-Mart's commitment to everyday low pricesWell there it is folks, a Wal-Mart rep making the direct link between the companies lack of health care coverage and its concomitant ability to keep retail prices low. A clearer presentation of the level playing field argument couldn't have been made more persuasively by a UFCW supporter.
Which brings us to the veto battle in NYC. Talks are being set up between the bill's sponsor, Chris Quinn, and reps from the city's smaller independent supermarkets. These grocers feel that the thresholds in the bill – 10,000sq. ft. and 35 employees –are too low and target neighborhood retailers almost more than the retail giants. Labor supporters of the bill indicate that they are willing to amend the measure but no agreement has been reached on any changes.