No Wal-Mart Law -- For Now
June 23rd, 2006
The Working Families Party conceded defeat on the Fair Share for Health Care Act, which would have forced large employers to pay for their workers’ health insurance. State legislators seem set to let the bill die as the session comes to an end. But they say that they’ll continue pushing the issue, noting that it took six years to get a change in the minimum wage.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took us six years to win the fight to increase the state’s minimum wage,” writes Steve Perez on the party’s blog. “And a new Governor with a commitment to comprehensive health care reform will take office on January 1, with a mandate for progressive change from the WFP.”
Perez doesn’t mention Eliot Spitzer’s opposition to the bill. But in an editorial this morning, the New York Post praises Spitzer for coming out against what it calls a “horrific anti-business initiative”. The Post does note that the Working Families Party will continue to push the issue, and that Spitzer seems open to take up something similar if he wins the governorship this November.
“One reason Spitzer gave for opposing the Wal-Mart bill is that he thinks it doesn’t go far enough in providing health care for all New Yorkers. He also continues to portray himself as the superhero who “protects” average New Yorkers from “exploitative” businesses,” it writes. “And there’s no telling how he’ll choose to pay back his labor-linked supporters if he’s elected.”By Joshua Brustein on June 23, 2006, 1:14 pm
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