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    than  it appears.

    There's really nothing wrong with an economy where people get hired and fired as needed.

    There's plenty wrong with an economy that works that way in a society set up on the assumption that you stay with an employer for a long time.

    All the talk, for example, about employer-provided health care benefits misses an important point -- the important thing about health care isn't how you get it but that you get it.

    The big benefits to employer-provided health care, especially at large corporations, have been:

    1.  The corporation can get a community rating. All employees cost the same, with differentiation based on family vs individual or level of coverage selection.

    2.  The corporation can get a nice tax break that hasn't been made available to individuals.

    And, frankly, the employer-provided benefits are harmful to the economy.  Big corporations with a big employee base can get better rates because the risk of one expensive employee is far less relative to the total.  Makes the actuaries happier. Also makes it harder for smaller companies to compete and for individuals to go out on their own or to start new small companies.

    We need to morph a lot of things in our society if jobs are going to be a series of short stays.

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    by dinotrac on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:30:06 AM PDT

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