All employees should be able to take time off for their illnesses, not just those lucky enough to have the right job. Experience shows that we can make our economy friendlier to beleaguered workers without harming their employers.
Taking action before an incident occurs has saved hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars related to tobacco use, lead poisoning, and car crashes. And like smoking or highway deaths, the oil spill was both predictable and preventable.
Solomon really nailed it on the head when he wrote "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." One of the "old" things under the sun, is health care costs.
Wanted: a framework for comprehensive health reform that provides near-universal coverage, reduces costs, and fosters continued improvement in medical care. Oh -- and the plan must be politically achievable.