Fair share health care laws

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I read the recent Sun Journal article about state legislation to require large corporations to publicly report the number of their employees enrolled in state funded health care programs (March 2).

This seems like a good start, but I would urge our state legislators to take the next step, as other states have done, by requiring Wal-Mart and other large employers who are ducking their health care responsibilities to pay their fair share for health care.

Ultimately, we need a universal health care system, but fair share health care laws are a win-win in the meantime. They expand health care coverage for uninsured workers and families while stopping profitable corporations from shifting health care costs onto taxpayers. They also level the playing field for responsible small businesses.

I hope our state legislators will work to make this happen.

Craig Saddlemire, Lewiston

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