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Another day, another reason why Jay Carney has the world's toughest PR job

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Walmart is America's largest retailer and the one every labor activist in the country dreams about unionizing because the Arkansas-based company allegedly underpays and mistreats its employees.

But now along comes the Washington Examiner Watchdog Team's Richard Pollock, who took the time to compare the giant retailer's employee health insurance plans with Obamacare.

After consulting with multiple health insurance experts, Pollock concluded that "Walmart's plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare."

Pay less, get more

The differences between Walmart and Obamacare plans are dramatic in many respects, but none more so than their comparative access to high quality care providers and doctors, according to Pollock.

"Walmart employees and their dependents can get free heart or spinal surgery. They can also get free knee and hip replacements at four hospitals nationwide," Pollock said.

And in Chicago, President Obama's hometown, Pollock quotes an independent insurance agent who notes that “there are 9,837 doctors [under Obamacare]. But the larger [Walmart] network is 24,904 doctors. Huge, huge difference.”

This is success?

Pollock's reporting may spark some uncomfortable questions today for White House spokesman Jay Carney. That happens to Carney a lot these days, thanks to Obamacare.

Yesterday, for example, CBS News' Major Garrett asked Carney why the administration is "backing away" from its previously projected goal of seven million enrollees in Obamacare's opening enrollment period. To date, only two million people have signed up, and seven million by March looks unattainable.

When Carney claimed the seven million figure was CBO's, not the administration's, Garrett quoted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from last September saying, "I think success looks like seven million people having signed up by the end of March 2014."

Maybe Carney could get some advice from the Walmart PR people?

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Editorial: Extending jobless benefits will encourage more unemployment.

Watchdog Team/EXography: Top 10 job-producing states fuel hope for economic growth.

Cal Thomas: Hold the Left accountable for what its ideology has wrought.

Sean Higgins: Meet the homemaker who could stop the push to unionize home health care.

Thomas Sowell: The "trickle-down" lie.

Walter Williams: Politics and the minimum wage.

In other news

The New York Times: Faulty web sites confront needy seeking government aid.

CBS News: Obama steps up pressure on Congress to extend unemployment benefits.

Boston Globe: Nobody knows what the next great electronic gadget will be.

The Los Angeles Times: Syrian rebels fight al Qaeda ally for control of key city.

Time Magazine: The 21st Century's "for want of a nail."

New York Daily News: "Execution by dog" story apparently false.

Righty Playbook

National Review Online: The outlaw campus.

Hot Air: Gov. Scott Walker tells Tea Party to focus on taking out Democrats, not Republicans.

The Federalist: Sorry, comrade, but you didn't just discover to making communism work, finally.

Bonus must-read

The American Conservative: How to win the culture war.

Lefty Playbook

Talking Points Memo: Top five ways conservatives are still trying to gut Obamacare.

The American Prospect: Dan Cantor's New York City machine.

The Washington Monthly: The corporate "free speech" racket.

Bonus must-read

The Nation: Our impoverished poverty debate.

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