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Mon Jun 3, 2019, 04:15 PM

A large Pa. employer supports 'Medicare for all' to 'remove an albatross from American business'

EASTON, Pa. — Walk into a big-box retailer such as Walmart or Michaels and you’re likely to see MCS Industries’ picture frames, decorative mirrors or kitschy wall décor.

Adjacent to a dairy farm a few miles west of downtown Easton, MCS is the nation’s largest maker of such household products. But MCS doesn’t actually make anything here anymore. It has moved its manufacturing operations to Mexico and China, with the last manufacturing jobs departing this city along the Delaware River in 2005. MCS now has about 175 U.S. employees and 600 people overseas.

“We were going to lose the business because we were no longer competitive,” CEO Richard Master explained. And one of the biggest impediments to keeping labor costs in line, he said, has been the increasing expense of health coverage in the United States.

Today, he’s at the vanguard of a small but growing group of business executives who are lining up to support a “Medicare for All” national health program. He argues not that health care is a human right, but that covering everyone with a government plan and decoupling health care coverage from the workplace would benefit entrepreneurship.

Read more: https://www.inquirer.com/health/medicare-for-all-pennsylvania-business-20190603.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 06:16 PM

1. It certain would

level the playing field - companies that offer health plans and ones that don't can get different people for different reasons.
If someone needs health coverage then the "do-not-offers" are perhaps denied a qualified worker.
And, of course, the opposite is also true: someone who's covered on a family or spousal policy doesn't need the coverage and can use that bargaining chip as a plus.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 02:09 PM

2. Medicare for All solves so many problems

What about people who are stuck at a dead-end job, only because they can't afford to give up their healthcare insurance? What about people who would go into business for themselves, except they can't because it's too darned expensive to pay your own health insurance (charged in advance)? The government has created so many self-defeating problems over the years and almost all of it is bad for business, and not so good for everyone else.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 11:38 PM

3. Knew a person who stayed in the military

specifically because the spouse had cancer. The officer couldn't risk retiring, taking another job and losing health insurance coverage.

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