Big business socializes costs???? What difference are the costs of big business and small business? Let's take a look at what costs are already privatized. Those costs would be unemployment, workman's comp, medicare, social security, along with franchise tax, use tax, excise tax. Then take operating costs such as insurance, lease or mortgage payments, cost of goods sold, utilities, payroll, advertising, inventory, office supplies, equipment, etc. and you will see there is not much else to socialize.<quoted text> I noticed you didn't refute the figure, merely attacked the messenger. Didn't hear it on FOX ? It can't be true ! CNN ? That liberal bastion on news reporting is not to be believed !! Chuckles !!
Big business has been privatizing profits and socializing costs at the expense of the American middle class, and American small business owners for years. You need look no further than the bailouts of big banks as those who's homes were in foreclosure were cut loose to fend for themselves.
Your ideology basically is one that businesses should be responsible for healthcare for all individuals. You think it is a business's responsibility to provide healthcare for all. This is on top of all the already privatized costs. You selectively pick Walmart to use as an example. What about all the businesses that voluntarily provide healthcare insurance to employees? You neglect to mention those businesses, which are a lot. Based on your posts, you are for privatizing all costs of all individuals because you think it is the fair thing to do. However, you fail to consider the American consumer buying preferences which dictate the lowest price possible. Since you select Walmart as an example, go look at a Walmart parking lot on any given Saturday. Why would they change their business model? They provide heavily discounted goods because there is a demand for heavily discounted goods. Once they are mandated to privatize all of their costs, there won't be a Walmart. If that is what you want, fine. However, try telling that to all the consumers out there simply looking for the cheapest price to pay.
If you think the ACA is going to force Walmart to start paying for all of its employees healthcare, think again. Walmart will simply reduce its overall workforce, convert what's left to part-time, and raise prices to cover the rest or simply offer goods of an even lesser quality to compensate for the increased costs. The fines associated with the ACA are much less than what a healthcare insurance premium will cost, so this is what they will do. Yes, they will have more costs, but they will reduce those costs via lay-offs and more part-time help while hiking their prices. So who ultimately pays? We do in the form of higher unemployment and higher prices. This is the only thing that can result from the ACA. Yes, some more people have access to insurance, but look at the overall cost to the entire populace. This system is flawed and in no way will work as it is written today. And on top of this, the ACA mandates the IRS to manage the program. This is simply lunacy.
Once again, there is not a business owner on the planet who thinks like you. Again, you are no employer or you employee one person - yourself. Hiring farm hands to help bale hay doesn't acquaint you with what all the costs of business are. Try looking at the world through someone else's glasses for once and look at the entire ramifications of something versus simply what you think is fair.
Regardless of what I just stated, I also want healthcare for all. And I do see your point believe it or not. However, the ACA is not the solution and neither is placing the responsibility for healthcare solely on businesses. Please remember that low unemployment, a high GDP and low inflation are what enables our economy to succeed.