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    but at least as important: If you hate your Job, you can leave it for another or start working for yourself (without health care holding you back).

    The mobility the ACA* provides workers and especially entrepreneurs changes a lot of economic dynamics.  That's what really has the 1%ers' greed in a bunch.

    *I'm one of them there progressives that thinks the ACA ain't that good'a plan because it doesn't get rid of insurance companies all together or at least offer a public option.

    •  Yesss! This is important. (5+ / 0-)

      Exactly so. During my entire working life, I was petrified of being unemployed because I NEEDED my health insurance. I couldn't imagine living without it because I have a few chronic illnesses that will never go away, but with which I could live and work.

      Thanks, GreatL, for bringing this up. We've been paralyzed and suckered into working 70 hours a week with no overtime pay or comp time because they know that no one will actually quit without another job lined up first. And the benefits at the next job will be worse, anyway. We've taken so much crap from our corporate masters because even with COBRA payments, it's still just too much for an unemployed worker to pay if he/she quits.

      Now, those corporations have to be competitive again with their benefits. Like it used to be.

      So yeah, if you hate your insurance, you can quit it and get better insurance.

      And if you hate your job, you can now leave it, too, without rotting away in a job you hate with insurance that is too expensive. I think some of that 'freedom' we hear ringing in our ears might be real. Let it ring.

    •  Yesss, and it's about time. (0+ / 0-)

      My Dad had several good ideas about what he'd rather do for a living, but couldn't leave his hated job because of health insurance.  He died at 53.  I'm convinced that slowing down and doing what he really wanted to do may have given him many more years.  Here's hoping this really works, so that more people will avoid his fate.

      (His health was never going to be great, after starving and begging his way through the Depression in his teens.  But age 53 is all too young.)

      The opposite of pro is con. So what's the opposite of progress?

      by DSPS owl on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 09:07:35 PM PST

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