Meet Debbie Shank – victim of Wal-Mart greedMar 27th, 2008 | By Jody May-Chang | Category: Uncategorized
Debbie Shank was a Wal-Mart employee when she was left “brain damaged, disabled and penniless“ from a car accident seven years ago. But after the Shank family received a settlement from the trucking company at fault, Wal-Mart demanded reimbursement for every cent it had paid for Debbie’s medical bills – plus interest and legal fees.
Debbie and Jim Shank are being sued
by Wal-Mart for Debbie’s her health
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Debbie Shank’s case, leaving her family no choice but to pay Wal-Mart $470,000. One week later, their son was killed in Iraq.
Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott earns more than $470,000 a week and Wal-Mart earns $470,000 every 38 seconds. Surely the largest company in the world, with $11 billion in profits and run by the nation’s wealthiest family, could spare the $470,000, do the right thing and give this poor family a break.
Now her family doesn’t know how they’re going to be able to afford Debbie’s nursing home bills. Wal-Mart’s lawyers may be following the law, but they certainly aren’t following their hearts. Take a moment to let the Shank family know you are supporting them, then tell Wal-Mart to make the moral choice and help Debbie Shank.
But if you watch the Wal-Mart corporate video that informs employees about their health plan and insurance coverage, you would NEVER get the impression that they could screw you as badly as they are screwing Debbie Shank.
If you have the stomach for it, here is the Wal-Mart public relations video taken directly from the corporate website:
Wal-Mart Corporate Employee Propaganda
Claims & Benefits Administration (slick public relations video)
Questionable quotes in the script to note:
“Today, few benefits are as important to our associates as their health care coverage or as complex.”
Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ “Our insurance claims adjustors gain valuable experience in the ever-changing insurance industry as they process claims for our associates on a daily basis.”
Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ “Claims adjusters investigate and determine coverage for worker compensation on general liability claims while managing treatment and litigation processes.”
Do you know someone who works at Wal-Mart? Make sure they read the fine print of their health care plan.
Jody May-Chang now writes on "As I See It...Reporting from the front lines