Wal-Mart Puts on a Happy Face

Cynthia Murray, a 49-year-old store associate at a Wal-Mart (WMT) store in Laurel, Md., chuckled when she heard of her company's plan to offer health-care coverage to more part-time employees. "I've worked full time for six years at Wal-Mart and I can't afford the high-deductible plans," she says. "How is a part-time worker going to afford it?" Murray earns $9.47 an hour, answering phones and taking care of people in the fitting room. Murray doesn't have any health-care coverage and says she hardly ever sees a doctor.

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