The story of Debbie Shank and Wal-mart is nothing new. It was all over the news months ago. In short, Mrs. Shank was an employee at Wal-mart and covered by their health plan. She was driving home one night and was hit on the driver's side of her car by a semi-trailer truck. The accident left her with permanent brain damage.
Wal-mart did the right thing and covered medical bills until the family sued the trucking company, and they were awarded money for damages. Wal-Mart's healthcare plan, and many other plans, gives Wal-Mart the right to recoup money they pay for medical care if the injured party collects damages in a lawsuit. This is to prevent people from collecting twice for the same medical bill, but in this case, the money collected in the lawsuit was going towards long-term care for Mrs. Shank. The family received about $417,000 from the lawsuit and Wal-mart has been awarded the $470,000 in original bills back.
The recent news in this case is that the Supreme Court has refused to even look at the case, so the family has no chance of beating "Goliath." You can sign a petition and donate to her fund on the "Wal-mart watch" site.
Wal-mart claims they only do this to help everyone in the long run. They claim it keeps health care costs down and allows them to provide quality care to more people. Critics claim while they may be in the legal right, they are in the moral wrong. I can see Wal-mart's point in some cases, but in this case I think David should slay the giant.
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