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  •  This could be a nice wedge issue (4+ / 0-)

    Small business could really benefit from single payer.  If they have insurance already, single payer would level the field.  
    They also won't have to hold those awful annual meetings on how much shittier and more expensive their health insurance is getting.  Their HR departments can focus on HR issues, not negotiating with insurance companies every year.

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln

    by Nailbanger on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 01:46:07 PM PST

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    •  I have never understood why businesses that (2+ / 0-)
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      provide health insurance to their employees aren't on board with single payer. Or why those employees aren't in favor of it either. Say you make $40,000 a year and your contribution for a family health insurance is $600 a month. On top of that you've got $30 and $40 co-pays plus a $450 family deductible.

      Then consider that under a single-payer plan you would pay a 3 percent tax for a government provided health plan. I'm not good at math, but that 3 percent of a $40,000 salary is much less than the $7200 in premiums you're paying now.

      And if the employer is also paying half or more of the premium then their costs also would go down with their 7 percent contribution (roughly the numbers proposed in Kucinic's single-payer HR from a number of years ago).

      It would also impact everyone and level the playing field. Walmart, for instance, would finally have to kick in for its employees.

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