Which part of the Twilight Zone are we living in?

I heard this morning that Wal-Mart and SEIU are joining together to try to get the US Government to take on the responsibility for “quality, affordable” single-payer healthcare. (By 2012, mind you, not today or tomorrow.)

A union and one of the biggest mistreaters of labor?

Guess the health-care system really is broken, if these two not only agree that it is, but have joined together to propose some joint guidelines toward a solution. Here’s SEIU’s take, and here’s the AP’s (though on a Wal-Mart watchdog website). Here’s Wal-Mart’s own report, and at the bottom of the page is a link to “Common Sense Health Care Principles,” which you can download.

Actually, it’s a coalition which includes

  • AT&T
  • Intel
  • Kelly Services, Inc.
  • Communications Workers of America
  • the Center for American Progress
  • the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • the Committee for Economic Development

But SEIU and Wal-Mart, are, respectively, the largest health care union and the largest corporation in North America. Whew!