Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My company recently held meetings to role out the health benefits for 2010. There was a giant elephant in the room and its name was health care reform.
HR started a panic when it indicated that they were "closely watching the health care reform legislation." That led many others to wonder, why "they" were watching the reform. After all, the reform is only for people without heath care and we, that comprise the 200 million that have insurance, already have insurance. There is no reason to watch the legislation form…unless…
It was someone in the back row that asked if the company was considering dropping our health care benefits if the health care reform passed.
What was most surprising was the number of people who looked puzzled. I had a chance to speak to several of them after the meeting.
"Why would "our company name redacted" be thinking about dropping our health care coverage if the health care bill is passed?" One asked. My first impression was that this person must be a liberal.
I was only too willing to lay out the cold hard truth of the legislation. "Well, according to the congressional budget office, companies have an incentive to drop coverage since people can go sign up for government health care."
Since we were talking about health care and I have a great deal of knowledge on the symptoms of bad legislation, I decided to give my coworkers their prognosis.
"If they pass the congressional bill, the CBO estimates we have a 1 in 10 chance of losing our plans. The senate bill has it at 1 in 20."
"Well, I'm sure that they'll fix all that before making it law. It doesn't make sense passing a bill that would kick people out of their current health insurance."
No, they will pass health care legislation because their ideology is more important than you and yes, it is crazy.
Posted by conservative generation at 8:45 AM