“GM loss, Wal-Mart, and universal health care,” by kos, Daily Kos, 20 April 2005, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/4/20/11223/3967.
Daily “Screw ‘Em” Kos correctly identifies a serious drag on the American economy
GM and Wal-Mart can be potent allies in a new (and this time successful) push for universal health care. It would be the ultimate corporate welfare, instantly adding billions to the bottom line of American businesses, yet at the same time helping insure the entire nation.
The instincts of the American left is to fight Wal-Mart and demand it cover its workers, when we have an opportunity to perform political jujitsu with the fiercely Republican Waltons and turn the battle for universal health care into a lopsided fight with Big and Small Business, Labor, and the progressive alliance, versus the American Taliban (who in all their supposed compassion would fight this to the end).
I can’t, for the life of me, understand why a coalition hasn’t formed around the issue yet. It’s a no-brainer.
Earlier in the post, kos linked to a story describing GM’s health-care driven troubles. But it’s not just big companies that suffer.
One of my greatest professors is locked into a job against his will. He is a former Consultant and generally a mover-and-shaker. However, it is basically impossible for him to find different work than what he has because of a serious medical condition. His current work insurance pays it, but it is unlikely any other would. This is a broken price system which does not allocate labor efficiently.
We need to fix medicine in the United States. There is a crisis. Hopefully Democrats and the left can be a constructive part of the solution. Sadly, their recent childishness is not a good sign.
Update: Professor Bainbridge calls it a “terrible idea.” But it’s not a terrible opening for a better world.