Healthcare Shouldn’t Work This Way
Tied to employment, that is:
As jobless numbers reach levels not seen in 25 years, another crisis is unfolding for millions of people who lost their health insurance along with their jobs, joining the ranks of the uninsured. …
About 10.3 million Americans were unemployed in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of unemployed has increased by 2.8 million, or 36 percent, since January of this year, and by 4.3 million, or 71 percent, since January 2001.
Most people are covered through the workplace, so when they lose their jobs, they lose their health benefits. On average, for each jobless worker who has lost insurance, at least one child or spouse covered under the same policy has also lost protection, public health experts said.
Most people who are unemployed for a time manage to continue making payments for cars and auto insurance, houses and home-owner’s insurance, and so on. There is no reason that employers ought to have the power of life and death over their employees. And there’s no reason that we should take that power from them and give it to the government.