If you think unemployment is bad now, just count up how many people will be out of a job if we eliminate the for-profit health insurance industry and all its remoras.
The BLS doesn't break out insurance employment statistics by type of insurance, so it's a bit of a challenge to guess just how many of the 2.3 million who are employed in the insurance business and related industries are in the [cough] health [cough] sector, but what with:
- insurance companies to sell us the insurance,
- health care economists to debate policy,
- health care cosultants to help employers decide which insurance plans to buy,
- benefits managers to help the insured use their insurance,
- pharmacy benefits managers to decide who gets which drugs,
- radiation benefits managers to decide who gets which diagnostic tests,
- denial management companies to help health care providers wangle money out of health insurance companies, and
- have I missed any other layers? Probably.