Safety Nets for Freelancers

By David Bornstein

In this country, three subjects that are guaranteed to generate a heated debate are religion, politics and, you guessed it, health insurance. Of the first two, Mark Twain observed that “people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand.” When it comes to health insurance, people speak from direct experience ― and pain. The numerous comments to Friday’s columnabout the Freelancers Union ― which brings together freelance workers to increase their power in markets and politics ― reveal that many independent workers feel that the battle for affordable health insurance is one they are losing.
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