"Canada's publicly funded health care system provides essential and affordable health care services for all Canadians, regardless of their income.
"For both employers and workers in the auto industry, it is vitally important that the publicly funded health care system be preserved and renewed..."
The letter sent by GM, Ford, and Daimler Chrysler, concludes: "In addition to reinforcing the quality and accessibility of health care for Canadians, these measures would also help to ensure the long-run success of Canada's auto industry."
American business is facing a crisis regarding health insurance. The US is 1 of three members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that does not have some kind of nationalized health care. And the costs are killing US business. First, companies have to devote a large amount of time to looking at plans and containing the costs of these plans. In addition, rising health care costs a major reason why companies are loathe to add new employees to their payrolls, contributing to the anemic jobs recovery during the latest economic expansion.
American business realizes that national health care is in their economic self-interest. The Democrats have a prime opportunity to start building a coalition with these interests to further this policy goal.