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Why Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper is wrong on health care, according to reader Terri Merritts:
The problem with the Wynden-Bennett health care legislation that Jim Cooper favors
is that it supposes too much. Employees moving out of worker health plans "supposedly" would get pay raises from their bosses that would match the cost of their new overpriced private health care plan so they could easily pay for it with no financial loss.
If Jim Cooper really believes that, tell him I have some ocean front property in Las Vegas I'd like to sell him. He can't possibly be that naive!
It has been my personal experience with corporate America that if a company reduces its expenses for any reason (such as not having to pay for employee health care), the greedy things gleefully grab the saved money and put it in their own pockets. They do not pass it on to either employees or customers. Look at the banks that got bailed out and are using the money to pay out multimillion dollar bonuses with it!
Personally, I favor just putting the uninsured on the federal employees insurance plan and be done with it. Offer a sliding scale based on ability to pay and warn employers that if they drop the health care they currently offer, they will have to pay full price at their beloved market value for each person dropped.