The comment was from Lauren Sperber and I'm pretty sure it will be fair use even if I quote it all:
"I think health care reform is the number one policy initiative that could help entrepreneurship. This applies on two fronts:
1) The prospective entrepreneur, who may feel trapped (in 'job lock' as the saying goes) in traditional employment because his/her other options (buying insurance without employer subsidies or paying for health care out of pocket) are so expensive.
2) The new small business owner who needs to hire employees and is faced with the daunting costs of subsidizing their insurance policies."
Isn't it the most bizarre thing that responsibility for healthcare in America rests on private businesses. Talk about a tax on enterprise!
From the perspective of "corporatism," or a perspective that large corporate interests run the policy agenda of the nation, it probably does make sense that individuals are discouraged from leaving their employment, that vestiges of indenture remain in place.
The other thing that is making me think about health care is the following four-minute video from the White House, in which the President shows you how to navigate a site called HealthCare.gov.
I don't know how rich the data is behind the (pretty competent looking) UI of the HealthCare.gov site, but the overall impression I had from the subtext of the President's demo was that, yes, healthcare really should be an individual choice.
If individuals took ownership of their own healthcare and were not dependent upon / indentured to their employers in this way, not only would entrepreneurs have fewer impediments as they created jobs, but maybe more people would think like entrepreneurs. The associative thought would be, if I can be responsible for my own healthcare, then maybe I can be responsible for my own employment. (Okay, so there may be an interim step or two in that stretch.)