The point is to begin presenting the business case for single-payer universal healthcare to business owners and employers in a language that they understand; dollars and cents.
Currently the vast majority of speakers to local entrepreneurs and small business owners in local settings and chambers of commerce tends to be Republican or Libertarian types preaching “less regulation” as a means of cutting costs for business.
Some important statistics I have discovered during research for a new start-up venture I am working on, sourced mostly from the federal Small Business Administration, national small business advocacy groups, and U.S. census data:
- There are approximately 28.8 million small businesses in the USA as of the most recent data.
- 9.8 million of these are owned by women.
- Around 11 million are owned by military veterans.
- Military veterans tend to start small businesses at double the rate of the general population, and are twice as likely to go into business for themselves.
- Small businesses produce around 47% of total GDP.
- Small businesses provide about 48% of all employment in the USA.
The point that is not being made to this half of the entire economy is that single-payer universal healthcare not only cuts their direct operational costs, it also cuts the “operational” costs for their customer and client base. This frees up additional discretionary capital for these businesses’ customers…who may also be their employees, or the employees of other small businesses.
Single-payer universal healthcare also makes it easier to become an entrepreneur in the first place, which will free up many people trapped in corporate jobs who would rather become entrepreneurs than endure longer in the slave-like conditions created by the large corporate work environment’s twenty-year run of mergers, acquisitions and “synergistic” layoffs.
Small businesses already tend to use each others’ services in order to reduce costs and create lasting business relationships and unity among entrepreneurs.
There should be a natural wedge between large corporations and small-business entrepreneurs in the sense that corporations get more legislative attention, and have the deep pockets to muscle small business out of the way with non-competitive practices in cases where they desire to take over a market segment. This also pulls money out of the local economies that are the lifeblood of small businesses.
A rise in entrepreneurship at the expense of the large corporations’ ability to hire labor and browbeat employees with the threat of layoffs will decrease the large corporations’ ability to harm small businesses and at the same time increase their potential customer base. It also increases capital retention in the local economy, which makes more money available for local businesses’ customers.
There is already a bill in the California Senate ( SB-562 ) that we should be supporting and raising awareness of as well.
If only Republicans and Libertarians are speaking to smaller entrepreneurs, they will not be told any of this. This is not the message that large corporations and their wealthy owners are going to bring to their ears.
By failing to bring this message to small business leadership groups and associations, Single-Payer Advocates are unintentionally doing a disservice to their fellow citizens, whether they’re entrepreneurs or not. We are effectively abandoning entrepreneurs to the Economic Right-Wing. This leaves Entrepreneurs giving their campaign donations to candidates and parties who have abandoned demand-side economics.
Something to remember; Demand-side economics addresses empowering people, because economically-empowered people create demand in the economy. A balanced economy requires both an eye to supply-side efficiency AND the health of the demand-side of the economy. In this particular argument, that is literally true. The current economy is unbalanced by an excessive focus on supply-side efficiencies at the expense of supporting demand.
We MUST make this case to those who are outside of our political comfort zone if we are ever to succeed with single-payer universal healthcare. It is a hot issue right now in the minds of many. The old adage can be paraphrased here; Speak while the mic is hot.
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