I usually stay out of these conversations especially on the interwebz but I do have to say this, who are paying for their disability? Tax payers, people like you and I. Would you rather have the disabled be reliant on tax dollars or actually get paid a fair, livable wage from a multi-billion grossing company? The bottom line is this simple, why the hell do tax payers have to be burdened when, again, a multi-billion profit grossing company won't pay for a fair wage for their employees?! Call me crazy but I try to not to be so short sighted in my response.
I mostly agree with your sentiment, but this is a bigger question to approach than just the Goodwill issue; the whole "universal health-care" issue and who foots the bill.
The fact of the matter is, we have a health-care system in place that provides benefits to a disabled population. This system has been in place for decades, and will continue to be after Obamacare, whatever replaces Obamacare, and then whatever replaces that replacement.
We (taxpayers) are already paying the bills for Medicare/Medicaid/Other disability programs and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Part of this system includes income restrictions for recipients of these benefits.
If we were to pay these disabled workers a "fair" wage, it would mean that they would have to cover their own medical bills, which no "fair" wage has the ability to do.
I'm not trying to make an argument for or against universal health-care, nor the current system we have in place. I'm just trying to clarify the fact that Goodwill isn't abusing or "taking advantage" of these workers.
I'd love it if everyone had free health-care, was paid a ton of money, and had no other problems. But that's just not the reality. I really wish it was though!