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Eight Months Until the End of Job Lock

May 9, 2013

For years, even before Barack Obama was elected, one of the many complaints liberals (mostly) had about the current employer-based health insurance system was "job lock"?if you have insurance at your job, particularly if you or someone in your family has health issues, then you're going to be hesitant to leave that job. You won't start your own business, or join somebody else's struggling startup (unless they provide insurance), and this constrains people's opportunities and dampens the country's entrepreneurial spirit.

That this occurs is intuitively obvious?you probably know someone who has experienced it, or have experienced it yoursel

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