One of my opinions on healthcare (tainted by working in the wee hours of the morning)

At this point in the healthcare debate, I wonder if there is any ‘win’ to come out of it. One thing that strikes me as odd when I think about it too much is how we have gravitated to the rarely questioned norm of health insurance tied to our employment. Members of boards and commissions vote for paid coverage even for part-time work. It has become expected rather than a benefit, the sicker one is the more the compensation. Don’t get me wrong, I would love it if my employer took care of finding a great healthcare plan for me and paid a big part of my premium. However, the mobility and choice gained by individual responsibility might just be worth exploring for those with competitive skills. It also could free business from the volatile healthcare business.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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