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.