What do all of these have in common? They are all methods of perpetuating the private insurance industry, while shifting risks from the insurers to the insured individuals. They reduce the financial commitment of employers and the government, but increase the financial burden for workers, their families, and retirees – most of us. However, it is a jobs program – for personal bankruptcy attorneys, as if our health care system didn’t give them enough work already.
Defined contribution is a nefarious conspiracy directed at the masses to benefit the well off. We can counter by demanding an end to a system dominated by private insurers and replacing it with a single, publicly-financed and publicly-administered national health program – an improved Medicare for everyone.
(After we fix Medicare, we may want to think about greatly reinforcing our publicly-financed, publicly-administered, defined benefit Social Security program so we wouldn’t have to put up with the abuses of our private, defined contribution pension plans. Really.)