Employer-provided health insurance is the problem, not the cure. Nobody should die because they lost their job.

Wakarusa, Indiana. 2009. Photo: Fred Klonsky

If all goes our way on November 3rd, the Democrats will control both the Congress and the White House.

Yesterday, about 150 hotel workers who’d been laid off rallied in Grant Park Friday to call on their employers to continue providing health insurance.

They are among about 7,000 Chicago hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 1 who are out of work, most since March.

It is obvious that if we had a system of national health care, some form of Medicare for all, those hotel workers would not be dependent of employer based health insurance.

They would have access to health care now, while we are in the middle of a pandemic.

We would not be debating pre-existing conditions or whether your family dependents were covered.

Joe Biden’s proposals for the existing Affordable Care Act are insufficient.

The position of the national leaders of unions who insist of preserving employer-provided health insurance is the problem, not the fix.

I’m looking at you AFT President Randi Weingarten.

If Joe Biden wins – and that’s not certain a week away from the last voting day – there will be a lot that Trump has done that needs to be repaired.

I voted for Biden even though Illinois is a blue state in which his winning all our electoral votes was never in doubt.

If there is a huge turnout out is as expected, it needs to be interpreted in part as a rejection of Trump’s non-policy for our people’s health care needs.

But we need to move beyond that and fight for health care as a right for every American.

Nobody should die because they lost their job.

3 thoughts on “Employer-provided health insurance is the problem, not the cure. Nobody should die because they lost their job.

  1. Agree. Additionally, in the case of public schools, employer sponsored healthcare is sapping desperately needed tax dollars from the classroom by paying exorbitant rates for educators’ premiums, in some cases far higher rates even than individual employees would pay if they had to buy insurance independently. Brokers cut deals. Taxpaying residents by and large do not realize what an unthinkably enormous portion of their “education” dollars is in fact diverted away from education and into private healthcare insurance companies and their brokers. We need to take stock of the harm the private healthcare industry is inflicting on education. Certainly this scenario must apply to other public sectors as well.

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