Universal Health Care and Job Creators
In recent years, conservative politicians have talked about creating more jobs to boost the economy. They talk about lowering taxes on wealthy “job creators”. However, I think that the best way to stimulate business is not to cut taxes, but to increase benefits. Specifically, I would like to see the US move towards universal health care. This would spur innovation in America by creating a better safety net for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Healthcare in the US, both before and after President Obama’s reforms, is tied to employment. Your employer provides the health insurance, so if you want to change jobs, or strike out on your own, you risk being uninsured. And if you’ve got kids, you risk losing your insurance for them as well. So if you don’t like your job, you have to stick with it until you find something better. And if you want to quit to start that dot-com or taco stand, you can’t, because doing so would leave your sick kids without a doctor.
I’m all for the concept of meritocracy. If you’ve worked hard and earned a good living, you should be able to buy things that poorer people can’t. But when it comes to basic health care, every person deserves to live in health and security. Without having to worry about our health insurance, American entrepreneurs can focus on their creativity and innovations.
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