Monday, June 26, 2006

DeStefano Attacks Wal-Mart in Ad

Well, there goes any chance of JDS getting a check from Wal-Mart PAC.

A TV ad debuting today touts DeStefano's universal health care plan and jabs at the nation's largest retailer for relying on state-subsidized insurance for hundreds of its Connecticut workers.

"Connecticut taxpayers pay over $5 million a year to provide health care to Wal-Mart workers, because the company won't pay for it themselves," DeStefano says in the 30-second commercial.


But even more interesting is that the DeStefano Campaign is shifting it's focus from job creation to health care.

"I see universal health care as part of any job-creation strategy, just as I see transportation policy and health policy as part of economic growth," DeStefano said. "They're all related."

But DeStefano said that his emphasis has shifted to health care.

"I've heard it from small business. I've heard it from workers and I've heard it from [health care] providers," DeStefano said. "It is across geography and interest groups, and it's creating a greater sense of urgency about the issue in my mind."


I've never been a fan of Wal-Mart but I'm not sure how wise it is to attack them like this. It will of course score points with AFL-CIO. How will those who regularly shop at Wal-Mart view the ads though? When it comes to their consumption habits people tend to get defensive.

There are many points in the article worthy of discussion, including a claim that the ad's coming out a day before the convention in New Haven was coincidental.


Source
Pazniokas, Mark. "DeStefano Slams Wal-Mart." Hartford Courant. 6/26/06

14 comments:

GMR said...

Wasn't the original intent of the state program supposed to be so that workers wouldn't be too expensive for Walmart to hire in the first place?

MikeCT said...

How will those who regularly shop at Wal-Mart view the ads though? When it comes to their consumption habits people tend to get defensive.

Oh, please. When was the last time there was a voter backlash against asking one of the most profitable companies in the world to offer benefits to their workers? Should Dems stop challenging the economic drive to the bottom for fear of offending discount shoppers? Indeed, Wal-Mart is viewed much less favorably than other companies, and in a recent poll, 56 percent agreed that “Wal-Mart is bad for America.”

And no, GMR, the point of the HUSKY program was to offer health insurance to uninsured children and parents.

cgg said...

I hope you're right MikeCT.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

GMR said... "
Wasn't the original intent of the state program supposed to be so that workers wouldn't be too expensive for Walmart to hire in the first place?
"


That's certainly the impression I have.

A lot of people work part time at Walmart primarly so they can buy health ins. for their families at a good price and `work off' the premiums.

I fail to see why anyone would expect a 20 hour a week part time job to supply free health care for a whole family.

I wonder how many Ikea (DeStefano's darling) employees also utilize the Huskey Plan? As a percentage I'd bet it's about the same or more than Walmart state wide.

Face it, the only reason Walmart's a target is they've done a good job keeping unions out. Thus those that have no desire to work but every desire to get paid (and too much at that) simply loathe them.

Gio said...

Yawn-what a novelty, a lefty attacking Walmart. Destefano would do much better to campaign outside a Walmart, where regular folk shop, instead of aiming his tv commercials at elite leftists.

Gabe said...

What channel do you advertise on to only reach elitist leftists? I can't find the ivy league, pipe smoking, lock jaw talking channel on my tv...

Gio said...

Destefano is on TIC now--whiny and petulant, wonkish--he ain't going anywhere.

BRubenstein said...

Gio...he is "going" to be the winner of the primary..if labor works hard.

BRubenstein said...

Gio...he is "going" to be the winner of the primary..if labor works hard.

KerryGuy said...

I think the original purpose of HUSKY was to provide health coverage for unemployed, underemployed, and the lowest wage earners. When the program started, there were so few people signing up that the state government sought out private employers to assist by signing up their qualified employees. I guess they did too good a job, since now the same employers are being attacked for not paying their share. The D's are already getting the votes from people who care about this issue. I don't think it's a winning general election strategy, but it sure helps JDS get the union voters fired up for August.

bluecoat said...

My problem with Wal-Mart is they screw up the little town communities with their promises - the rightgeous right Republicans might want to know that their main man, Jerry Falwell, won't allow one in the town he runs,Lynchburg, VA

CTRevolution said...

Where are our priorities when we are more concerned with the price of a few goods going up a couple cents then with someone dying from a lack of health care?

DeStefano is taking on the goliath of WalMart for the sake of the taxpayers of Connecticut. Taxpayers who have to pay for Wal Mart not giving health care to it's workers. These workers get sick and don't receive medicine so they end up in the emergency room, the most expensive care. This isn't a pandering to the elite, this is for the working people and taxpayers of CT. It's unacceptable that companies like Wal Mart can get away with not giving workers health care. And it's unacceptable that in the richest state in the richest country in the world, 370,000 people don't have access to health care. It's time to get our priorities straight.

bluecoat said...

And it's unacceptable that in the richest state in the richest country in the world, 370,000 people don't have access to health care just because somebody doesn't have health insurance doesn't mean they don't have access to healthcare , there are actually folks who choose not to buy insurance and in the MA study Romney did before his plan went to the state legislature, they found it was the young healthy single male; healthcare costs are not insuarnce costs and healthcare does cost too much...

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

BRubenstein said... "..if labor works hard."

Don't look now but labor isn't what it used to be.

They've successfully chased their own employers out of CT and as a result have a lot less members and as a result, less power than you think.

When the state bought Toyotas; the only vehicles manufactured world wide with zero Connecticut content throughout their entire model line (even some Russian Ladas have CT content) what did labor do?

Nothing.

Seeing as labor clearly doesn't give a hoot about Connecticut jobs why should anyone listen to labor?