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  •  Right you are! (0+ / 0-)

    And that is why we need rules in the first place-- to prevent a vicious circle, race to the bottom dynamic from taking over market after market.

    •  The better answer is to stop relying on employers (2+ / 0-)
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      for something as important as health care.

      We live in an economy where people change jobs frequently for a variety of reasons.  It makes no sense to bind health care to employment.

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      by dinotrac on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:47:28 AM PST

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      •  Sure it does (0+ / 0-)

        Just not for the employee.

        Works wonders for exploitative employers to keep the "workforce" in line.

        Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

        by trevzb on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:21:36 AM PST

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      •  Agree with your comment, as far as it goes (0+ / 0-)

        If health care were the only issue, then I would agree with you entirely. But there are many tracks on which a race to the bottom can be run: worker abuse, environmental abuse, deceptive advertising, deceptive contracts, poor product quality, etc. This is why we have a minimum wage, for example.

        I will argue that controlling, or at least limiting, the race to the bottom effect is an important function of government.

        •  Of those items, everything except for (0+ / 0-)

          environmental abuse is directly related to the business and self-correcting (albeit, deceptive contracts may require an assist from the courts).

          Health care is different.

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          by dinotrac on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:43:22 AM PST

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