Laura Vanderkam wrote an excellent article over at the City Journal about the ins and outs of the freelance economy. She talks about the benefits of self-employment to both the individual and the overall economy. She also points to a study that showed that self-employment has boosted the overall business-sector productivity of the U.S.
Her most interesting conclusions are around the issue of health care, both the difficulty in finding coverage and the expense of it for self-employed people. Because of the health care situation, some self-employed are forced to seek jobs with corporations. The situation is also increasing support for a national universal health care system:
What to do? The answer for many is to look to universal health insurance, and during the presidential campaign, Barack Obama had his sights set squarely on the self-employed when he proposed a guaranteed-issue public plan—with benefits similar to those available to members of Congress—that would be available to individuals and small businesses that wanted to buy in.
What do you do about healthcare when you’re not working for a company that provides it? Do you support universal health care?