Health reform, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, will change that as key improvements are phased in over the next four years.
Most of the debate has focused on the uninsured, consumer protections, rising health costs and the role of government. Less appreciated is the impact on the labor market, both for small businesses and workers.
By guaranteeing access to affordable insurance, individuals will eventually gain as much flexibility as their employers, and that could usher in a new era of risk taking and innovation.
More people will be able to take a flier on a startup or join a small business. Entrepreneurs will find it easier to recruit talent, especially older workers.
Job switching isn't top-of-mind at the moment, during a deep recession, but ultimately this new mobility will translate into a more dynamic economy.
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