Friday, January 13, 2006

Ehrlich Denied

At first pass this legislation sounds like a good idea, at least as a health care band aid, though I'll admit I haven't given it much thought. But, anything which provides a slap in the face to Governor Ehrlich can't be all bad.

The Maryland General Assembly overrode Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of a bill requiring Wal-Mart to pay more for employee health care yesterday, a measure that has sparked a nationwide debate over the level of benefits an employer should provide workers.

The so-called Fair Share Health Care Fund Act, the first of its kind to succeed in the nation, became a fight between organized labor and business, raising questions about to what extent government should intervene in private enterprise.