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  •  You know what? (5+ / 0-)
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    VickiL, TerryDarc, tweeternik, radv005, arpear

    This is really brilliant.

    The states that get single payer first, just watch.  They will kick ass.

    What businesses wouldn't want to move to a state where they don't have to pay for their employees health insurance?!?!  Are you kidding?  Those states are going to boom, and the GOP is going to have a hard time spinning that.  Of course, there will still be the die-hard blind ignoramuses, but their numbers will dwindle.

    Bernie knows this, and he's got to be psyched.  I hope California will be right there with Vermont!!

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 10:05:52 AM PST

    •  Wait until it offers a competitive edge for biz! (0+ / 0-)

      And when businesses flock to states with lower insurance costs, leaving the redneck south gasping for breath, they may see the error of their ways. But maybe again, not.

      "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

      by TerryDarc on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 10:19:55 AM PST

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    •  Always wondered about this (0+ / 0-)

      Why haven't U.S. businesses supported single payer over the years? That way they could get out of providing HC benefits and concentrate on core business and be more globally competitive.

      Must be either afraid of having to offer other benefits to attract workers (pensions, long vacations). Or maybe just ideological blinders. I don't know. It's always baffled me though.

      •  Insurance benefits give Big Business (0+ / 0-)

        an advantage over smaller competitors. The system is rigged to discourage workers from changing jobs too often or asking for wage increases. And, Big Boys can play the numbers the same way the InsurCo's do, by getting rid of older workers before they start to drive up premiums. Their smaller competitors tend to be less ruthless toward long-time employees.

        Have you noticed?
        Politicians who promise LESS government
        only deliver BAD government.

        by jjohnjj on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 03:29:34 PM PST

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