Obama 'unravels' our employer-based health-care system -- Good for him 

Do you remember Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential debates, savaging John McCain's health-care proposal? This was Obama's critique:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which generally doesn't support a lot of Democrats, said that this plan could lead to the unraveling of the employer-based health-care system.

But unravelling the employer-based health-care system would be a good thing. Rather than listen again to my arguments (which I made during the campaign and again last year), let's listen to President Obama's arguments on why it's good to separate employment and health insurance.

In a fundraising email received this morning, Obama touted what the bill would do for

It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill.

This was similar to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments last night:

Imagine a society and an economy where a person coould change jobs without losing health insurance. Where they could be self-employed or start a small business...

Pelosi spoke of a real problem with our employer-based system, being "job-locked," and pointed out that moving away from such a system would allow "entrepreneurial spirit" to "be unleashed."

So, Obama is sounding more like McCain on this one score, for the better. What this bill will actually DO to the individual market is unclear, but kudos to Obama to dropping his allegiance to an employer-based system.

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