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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a fascinating piece about the state of Georgia's "PeachCare" program, which provides health insurance for uninsured children.

A survey in Georgia showed that 10,261 of the 166,000 children covered by "PeachCare" have a parent working for Wal-Mart. According to the paper, the next largest employer mentioned in the survey was Publix - which employs parents responsible for 734 kids,

The paper reports that "Wal-Mart said it does not encourage employees to use states' insurance plans for children or Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor."

However, the paper says, "Wal-Mart, with 42,000 workers in the state in 2002, had about one child in the health care program for every four employees. The ratio for Publix was one child in PeachCare for every 22 employees."
KC's View:
Let's restate the score.

Wal-Mart: 10,261 kids not covered.
Publix: 734 kids not covered.

And paying the freight, at least to some extent, Georgia's taxpayers, who apparently have to help insure those kids because their parents don't make enough money or don't have sufficient insurance.

We're not sure how this gets fixed. But we are sure that there's something wrong with this picture.