Because We Always Have

Why do most of us get health insurance through our employers–and not even consider that it might be wiser to handle it in another manner? Krauthammer gives us the straight goods:

There is no logical reason to get health insurance through your employer. This entire system is an accident of World War II wage and price controls. It’s economically senseless. It makes people stay in jobs they hate, decreasing labor mobility and therefore overall productivity. And it needlessly increases the anxiety of losing your job by raising the additional specter of going bankrupt through illness.

I am a conservative. Conservatives tend to work against change, after all, we conserve. However, conservatism is based on doing everything the way our parents did it. If our parents were wrong, we have a responsibility to get it straightened out. It would appear that employer provided health care is one of those things we need to be addressing now so our children have less cause to dislike their parents (and grandparents).

Via Transterrestrial Musings

3 thoughts on “Because We Always Have

  1. Agreed — employer-based health care messes up the free market by restricting the flow of workers to the jobs where they will be happiest and most productive. That’s exactly why we need to go to a single-payer system.

  2. CAH,

    Giving employees fewer options than they currently have is not the answer. Divorcing health care coverage from employee benefits gives them more options. Going with a single payer system restricts those options once again. Sure, the employee’s health care coverage would be portable, but portability within a monopoly is hardly going to give me or you choices in health care coverage.

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