Marc Cuban: A Simple Policy Guide for Job Growth:
I'd hire someone full time right now for Flying Meat, if the US had universal health insurance.
I've never understood why it's up to the employer to provide this benefit*. It drives me nuts. As an employer I'm not expected to pay for house, car, or flood insurance; why would I need to pay for health? Isn't it really up to the individual to know what their needs are, and not the company they work for (who is trying to be profitable)?
How many great companies are kept from being created, because someone has to stay at their current place of employment for fear of losing coverage for a sick relative, or themselves?
Uh. What a stupid, stupid mess.
*Yes, being a small business I have ways of not having to provide insurance. But I don't want to be a jerk either.