As I sit her breathing my germs on no one, because I work alone at home, I do think about how I got this stupid gunky whatever that I have. Someone was walking around with something when they should have been hermetically sealed at home. I'm hardly one to talk, because although I've been homebound for a good portion of the last week, there were times I had to get out and do things.
I say this to remind my good friend ShortWoman.com that one doesn't have to be uninsured to be spreading germs...one can also have a deductible one doesn't feel like contributing to right now, or one can have a OB/GYN as one's primary physician and not feel up to trying to find out who they should go see when they're actually sick!
But ShortWoman's post is about something else in the main: the valifity of employer-based healthcare as a way to insure the bulk of Americans. And she finds herself surprised to be agreeing with Wal*Mart's CEO when he says that legislation is not the way to solve our national health care problems.
But in case you were buying wholeheartedly into the idea that the answer is simply consumer-directed health care and HSAs, she gladly pokes some holes in that idea too.
Malcolm Gladwell, well-reputed author and New Yorker columnist, but new blogger, spins an interesting analogy to make you re-think employer-based health care:
The closest I can come is to imagine if we had employer-based subways in New York. You could ride the subway if you had a job. But if you lost your job, you would either have to walk or pay a prohibitively expensive subway surcharge. Of course, if you lost your job you would need the subway more than ever, because you couldn't afford taxis and you would need to travel around looking for work. Right? In any case, what logical connection is there between employment and transporation?
Check out the huge number of comments he's gotten on the post too.
See it pays to be a Best-selling author before you become a blogger!