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Can a self-described 'Far-Left Liberal' business-owner rationally justify not providing any healthcare options to his employees?

What would be their reasoning for this if the company is doing very well - and he only has 2-4 employees.

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Melloblue

It's called compartmentalizing. His definition of "doing well" and yours may well be different. With only a few employees, as you state, it appears to be a small company. There are too many facts missing. What is his family situation? Did he incur a large debt while forming the business? Does he have health insurance? Is he reinvesting in the business, thus giving you job security? Does he have kids in college? Is he stabilizing capital to strengthen the long term viability of his business?

Many people don't fit the stereotype. For years, I have been fiscally conservative, but liberal in every other sense of the word. You can't help others if you don't have a stable situation yourself. Priorities, me/family, community, those in need (charitable giving is often not apparent).

Many small business owners don't have insurance themselves, much less for their hourly employees (are you hourly or salaried?) It might shock some, but liberals are people too!


BTW, if he IS rich and doesn't help you with insurance, he is a dick . . . just sayin'

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Okay. I gave you a thumbs up too.

Stabilizing capital and all that rot? :-) Rationalization for not investing in employees' well being.

Why assume that the person asking actually works there? Not likely. Too personal.
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He's cheap and doesn't care about his employees. It's basically about the almighty dollar, which he is not going to share.

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That's all true, but philosophically - can he provide some kind - any kind of legitimate, liberal reasoning???
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Liberals are all about helping out the little guy, so I don't see how. You can rationalize anything; but from a strictly liberal standpoint, his policies are going against everything he supposedly believes. But maybe I'm just not smart enough to figure it out. I'm female, so I'm not quite as logical as many men.
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Yes he can (sadly enough). People associate themselves with a political party for any number of reasons & they don't necessarily have to share ALL of the ideals of that party. I have to concede, though, that this is a fundamental position of most democrats.

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No, he cannot justify this. Sure - it is going to be cost prohibitive because he does not have the buying power of a larger company with more employees - but that is no excuse.

His political pie-in-the-sky beliefs are one thing but his behavior tells a totally different story. It is the tale of a greedy person who is penny smart but dollar foolish, who does not appreciate his employees. He actually thinks that their contribution, dedication & creativity isn't worth much. He has no clue that how he treats his employees is how those employees will treat his customers. Basically, he is cutting his own throat and limiting his future growth by not bringing his employees along by sharing the wealth.

What a hypocrite! This is a typical example of someone who wants "the government" to pay for everything instead of taking more personal responsibility as an employer. He thinks the government money grows on trees, that others should pay, but that should not include his money.

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Yikes . . so many judgments based upon so little information . . . you even know what he thinks . . . . I am personally amazed at your perceptual skills!
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You too make assumptions. Like assuming that the person asking actually works for this company. I doubt it. I think he knows some of the people involved but that is just speculation on my part. Like the rest of my rant. :-) But you are right!
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Well, I may not be right . . . actually, I'm left :-)

I am an attorney (retired), among other things . . . I was only speculating on potential positions that an advocate of the employer might make . . . not my personal assumptions . . . When I owned a business early in my career, I did not provide insurance for my employees, not did I have it myself.

I had everything in the business . . . as a Vietnam Vet with a service related medical issue, I used the VA hospital for my medical needs. Every circumstances is different. It wasn't until I switched careers that I acquired health insurance for myself.
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Interesting!
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