Our monthly bill for health insurance is almost to the dollar the same as our *two* mortgages, on our Richmond home and the Polka Farm. “Obamacare” has not lowered the cost of health insurance for us, and the Republicans’ plans for letting insurance companies dump sick people from their roles like in the good old days will only make it worse for us.
What has happened is that corporations – and now city governments, too – have learned that things are so bad for the working class that they will work without health-care benefits as opposed to being unemployed.
Demand for temporary employees is gaining momentum as companies seek more flexible staffing arrangements, according to Tobey Sommer, director of equity research in Nashville at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc. This has helped create a shift within the labor force, as a “not-easily-forgotten recession” has made many executives cautious about hiring, he said.
Or, to put it another way, we’re living in the corporate dream – highest profit margins in like forever, and the dawning realization that there are so many unemployed you can get them to work for less with no benefits, on a “temporary” basis, because they have no choice.
Sweet! (If you’re executive management living in the current unions-are-evil corporations-are-people-my-friend atmosphere.)
This caste system has been brought to you by the plutocracy, which literally owns the Republican Party and now has one of their membership running with a good shot at the presidency.
The main complicity the Democrats have in all of this is that they and President Obama have mounted a pathetic opposition in the face of the Republicans’ public announcement that they would and will do everything possible to continue cratering middle class economic aspirations due to a belief that the citizenry does not possess sufficient mental capacity to determine who’s at fault here. Unfortunately, so far that belief appears to be correct.
As for the aforementioned stoked-up demand for permanently hiring “temporary” workers, this is just another symptom of a disease that really can’t be cured without a so-called public option for health care. There are good, actual reasons why the governments of all the other developed nations provide health care for their citizens, and it’s not because they hate capitalism and love socialism.
It’s just that the “free” market (which in fact is not and never has been free) does a crappy job of providing for all of a society’s needs, unless you happen to be OK with the idea that the weaker and less fortunate among us should just be left to whither and die if they can’t fend for themselves, which seems to be about where compassionate conservatism has evolved.