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Odds on the impending battle over healthcare legislation shifted this month when Wal-Mart Stores–the largest private employer in the United States–came out in support of healthcare reform. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the giant retailer argued that healthcare costs are a “burden that is crushing America’s businesses.” Wal-Mart said changes to healthcare should center on “payment reform and efficiency initiatives,” and it called for an employer mandate that is “fair and broad in its coverage,” adding, “Not every business can make the same contribution, but everyone must make some contribution.”

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