California’s new health exchange, Covered California, says it makes sense to go where the people are to sign them up for coverage under the federal health care overhaul. As a major retailer, Wal-Mart stores seems to make sense. But union leaders protest the choice of Wal-Mart, contending that the corporation does not provide adequate health insurance for its own employees. Details of these retail partnerships are expected to be completed soon.

California officials face mounting criticism from union leaders over plans to let retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. enroll shoppers in President Obama’s healthcare expansion. The state wants employees at Wal-Mart and other retailers to help consumers learn about their options and assist them in buying federally subsidized private insurance.

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