I just read an article on msnbc.com about permatemps.
Seems that over the past several years, and especially as the result of the recent recession, many companies have been eliminating positions that can be filled by independent contractors. These contractors might get a comparable salary to what they'd get were they full employees, but none of the benefits. No medical or dental insurance, no 401k plan, no disability.
If, as an independent contractor, you are not offered health care coverage, I presume you have to purchase it yourself. I don't know anything about this because, thankfully, I have never been in this position, but isn't health care ridiculously expensive when purchased as an individual?
Look, I understand disagreeing with the specifics of the proposed health care overhaul. What I don't understand is why people are opposed to putting some sort of limit on how much it costs just to get health insurance. Why should people whose employers don't offer them coverage have to pay through the nose for it?
Why are so many people so okay with people - businesses, insurance companies, whoever - screwing over other people so they can make more money than the GDP of some small countries? Whatever happened to helping your fellow man?