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  •  Imagine if your employer controlled and limited (1+ / 0-)
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    your seed choices, and packaged it up as part of your compensation.  The only other markets are locked up by Monsanto and ADM.

    In order to grow your own food in your small backyard garden you could choose

    1) the budget plan, which for a mere $200 per seed pack, provides seed for beans, peas, radishes, corn, and broccoli;  enough seed for one 5 foot row of each.


    2) the $1000 deductible plan under which you could choose any 8 of the following seed packs:  beans, peas, radishes, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, squash, and parsley.  Seeds for grapes, chives, onions, potatoes and any other vegetables that are easy to propagate, and all perennial herbs are excluded because the profit margin is too low.  Seed packs in this plan provide enough seed for a 50 foot row of each, but your garden is only 20 feet.  You still get charged $200 per pack and have to pay out of pocket for the first 5 packs.  Unused seeds do not last through to the next season.  


    4) the cadillac plan covers all of the above, with as much seed as you need, packaged in whatever size you need to match the size of your garden and you can freely substitute another seed supplier that has something not available through this plan.  Further this plan gives you access to top quality mulch, compost and gardening advice whenever you need it.  

    The only catch is that it counts for 25% of your compensation, for which your employer receives a tax break.  You hate your employer but can't leave for a better job without giving up your ability to provide for your family by growing food in your own garden.  And you live in a flood prone area and the plan provides for produce vouchers in the event of a weather related loss for any of your produce.

    OK, maybe I've gone on a tirade.  It's not my problem, but I think this is what many workers in America currently face with respect to access to healthcare.  All of their practical choices just suck.

    Price discovery is almost impossible, the profit motive has distorted the market, and bad tax policy incentivises employers in preverse ways, such that choices that provide cheap long-term value are not included in ANY of the plans.

    •  Total disconnect from reality, just like the (0+ / 0-)

      prior "imagine" stuff. Leave "imagine" to the Beatles, they do it better.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 07:28:56 PM PDT

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    •  You Left Out Something, I Think (1+ / 0-)
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      Imagine further that the seeds obtained from the mature plants you have grown are sterile, the plants being hybrids. That means not only is the game fixed, you can't get out of it.

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 09:48:02 AM PDT

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      •  Agree, and the analogous thing to sterile seeds is (0+ / 0-)

        any mechanism that effectively prevents price discovery for products and treatments that have proven long-term health benefits.

        And all the complex arbitrary rules means that many policy holders don't even access things that are covered.

        Sustainable healthcare might be possible when health insurance is decoupled from business management and tax policy.

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