Providing healthcare for the poor and working class isn’t the only reason to support a sensible national healthcare plan. Cost, efficiency, peace of mind, and increased choice are equally important drivers. But when nearly half of even those who are solidly in the working class don’t have medical coverage during some or all of each year, we’re in trouble.
Needless to say, George Bush’s beloved “ownership society” isn’t the solution. It’s the problem. There’s no way to fix our dysfunctional healthcare system until we stop forcing corporations to be healthcare providers in addition to whatever their actual line of business is. As these figures show, they don’t want to be in the healthcare business, and more and more of them are bailing out. It’s time to face reality on this.