Individuals are Required to Purchase Health Insurance but Employers Are Not Required to Provide It.
So an employee who is forced to work for an employer who cannot provide health insurance is on his or her own. He or she must purchase a plan or face high penalties and they receive no such help from their employers since they are not required to purchase the plans for them. I don't think we have a problem of want here. Most workers would happily purchase health insurance if they thought they could afford it. The problem isn't that they don't want coverage so much as they can't afford to purchase it. A bill that merely includes an individual mandate does nothing to lower health insurance costs. In fact it adds to rather than subtracts from the individual employee's burdens. If Congress can't pass a bill with a public option it should insist that small businesses pool their resources together to pay for health insurance.
Access to affordable health care should be treated as a right for any legal resident who works and we must, as a whole, insist that employers treat their workers decently by providing them with affordable health care.