Healthy, LIVING Employees are Good for Your Business!

I mean, really, unless you own a zombie bar:

But our politicians have a problem. Both Democrats and Republicans
have shared in the $46 million in campaign contributions from the
insurance industry. Needless to say, what is in the best interest of
the nation is exactly opposite to the best interest of the for-profit
insurers. The 22-percent saved comes right out of their pocket.

The question is how do we pay for it as a universal program? But first let’s understand who’s paying for it now.

Everybody is. We pay in cost-shifting, bankruptcy costs, and lastly,
when businesses add their employee health costs to their product price
and we reimburse them at the cash register.

In the process we make our businesses highly uncompetitive with
foreign products, which often forces employers to build their products
in countries that do not burden them with health care. We make more
cars in Canada than in Michigan because their health care costs are
$800 per employee per year and ours is $6500. That adds $1,500 per car.

And when you consider the cubic tonnage of time and attention HR departments spend explaining and arguing and fighting with employees over health care plans and what they mean and theendless fucking meetings with reps from the health insurance companies and you begin to realize just how much it would increase productivity if all that crap went away.

Viacorrente.

A.

6 thoughts on “Healthy, LIVING Employees are Good for Your Business!

  1. mdh says:

    and you begin to realize just how much it would increase productivity if all that crap went away.
    On the other hand, all those obstructionist paper pushers are currently employed somewhere other than the government.

  2. MapleStreet says:

    Not to mention the obscene amount of time an even routine visit can make you spend in being on the phone, arguing with the insurance company. That is **WORK TIME** that is stolen by the insurance industry.
    And don’t get me started with the obscene amount of time the doctor’s office has to be on hold with the insurance company – They’ve got to pass the cost of those man-hours along somewhere.

  3. virgotex says:

    1.4 mil a DAY they’re spending trying to lobby against the public option.
    That alone tells us something, doesn’t it?
    Maple, I’ve had two medical providers I liked and trusted drop out of our plan because they didn’t want to f*ck with my insurer. Likewise, the hospital in the town I used to live in stopped taking it.
    The flimsy argument that a public option is “going to force my insurance co to go out of business” is ridiculous, especially in light of the fact that your insurance company could force your employer to drop them or could force every doctor and clinic where you live to drop them. You’re already at risk with the status quo because the insurance co’s are running the show, not the docs and hospitals.

  4. Athenae says:

    Not to mention the obscene amount of time an even routine visit can make you spend in being on the phone, arguing with the insurance company. That is **WORK TIME** that is stolen by the insurance industry.
    THIS. Simply making things less of a goddamn hassle would go a long way.
    A.

  5. pansypoo says:

    campaign contributions=bribery

  6. tata says:

    It’s Tuesday. Need ferrets. Save yourselves!

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