Sports analogies at work, or What are you talking about?

How many company pep rallies are filled with sports analogies? Guess what? Lots of us have no idea what you are talking about!

Technology & Innovation

How many times have you been in a meeting when some manager says, “We are at the bottom of the ninth, people, and the goalies need to step in and shoot a birdie before the clock hits the two minute mark or our third baseman will foul out. People, what we need here is a touchdown.”

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Work: The insurance entitlement program

Getting health insurance at work was invented to be a perk, not the only affordable place to access insurance.

Surprising Science

The question so many of us fail to ask is why do we believe that access to health insurance is an entitlement of working people only? (And those who can work at a company that offers health insurance only, while we are at it) Or in other words, how did we get health care and employment to be so mixed together? When you think about it one really doesn't have anything to do with the other except by pretty recent custom. Offering health insurance started out as a perk to attract people. It never was intended to be the only real affordable choice. But over time, that is what happened. The costs shouldered by industry have become a huge burden. (GM who had to be bailed out was talking about this burden a year ago). The cost to the employed and unemployed are now impossible. And instead of government bureaucrats getting between us and our doctors we have company bureaucrats with a profit motive with more accountability to share holders than their customers getting between our doctors and our health. It is time for a real change. The vast majority of Americans no longer buy the "George and Martha" spin sent out with the Clinton Administration tried to make this change. Too many have lost jobs and affordable coverage along with it, or are paying outrageous costs, even with supplements from their employer.

How a single-payer health care system can drive innovation into the economy

After massive layoffs, many people are itching to find new ways to earn a living...but the high cost of insurance may drive people back to corporations and the old ways of work.

Surprising Science

A SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM COULD DRIVE INNOVATION INTO THE NEW ECONOMY

I've been an HR professional for the past 20 years.  I have fought with insurance companies through most of that time.  More recently I've seen the impact on people who have lost their jobs and for the first time are really having to face the outrageous cost of health insurance for the first time.  I think there is a willingness and understanding of the benefits of a single payer system in the US for the first time.

Many of us would very much like to give up the corporate life and start our own, new businesses, creating tomorrows jobs.  We know a change in how we work and what we do is coming and we want to be at the forefront of it.

However, the difficulty in keeping ourselves and our families protected from health care costs will inevitably drive many great people back into corporations where their great ideas will die a slow death.  

The naysayers to national health care threaten that we will have no "choices". But I believe that being forced to live the company life is not a choice that many who have been knocked out of their old jobs want to make.

From a fiscal point of view, a mixed system will ultimately create an adverse burden on any national health care system.  People who can get company sponsored health care will certainly choose it.  The public option will be filled with people who are underemployed, or can't on their own afford low deductible plans with co-pays, and so continue to use the emergency room as the family doctor.  Older people, who will have a harder time finding work again will need the national plan.  

At the end of the day, the cost of the government to insure these people but not others will make price-tag go way up for the government plan.  There isn't an insurance company it the world who would allow you to put together a population like this and take your business.  

But the right thing to do is not the same as the most politically expedient thing to do, and I don't believe that congress is ready to give up that campaign funding in order to do the right thing.  Sort of heart breaking really.

 

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