Daniel Brook on health care for freelancers.
As heartening as it is to see universal health care back on the national agenda, it's puzzling that when the presidential candidates talk about their health-care proposals, they only talk about poor kids and Wal-Mart workers. This doesn't square with my experience of the health-care crisis. I know plenty of people who are sweating health-care coverage. None of them are poor kids. And they don't work at Wal-Mart.The people I know who are worried sick about coverage work for themselves, many in creative fields. Most of these freelancers and entrepreneurs are in the cross hairs of our health-care crisis-and you wouldn't know it from watching the presidential campaign.But you would know it if you bothered to look at the statistics. While the French just held an election in which one of the central issues was their anemic rate of self-employment, America acts as if all is well when in fact we're one of the only developed countries with a rate of self-employment even lower than France's. While surveys show that Americans are nearly twice as entrepreneurial as Europeans, we're only half as likely to actually become self-employed.
|I know plenty of people who are sweating health-care coverage. None of them are poor kids.|