ok, blame the Japanese too. Here is why. Before WWII 10 percent of our healthcare was administered through employer based benefits. During WWII, in fear of inflation, the U.S. government imposed wage freezes. Thus with our able bodied men over seas fighting the Germans and Japanese there was a severe shortage of workers to meet the demands to manufacture our goods and arms. So the only thing our employers could do was offer "fringe" benefits, ie pensions and healthcare. And to compete, these offering had to be generous. After WWII 60% of our healthcare was administered through employer based benefits. This is a trend that has never ended and arguably has made our healthcare more expensive and our free market system less competitive. Think about it, why would you want our employer to offer health care? Is there anything innate about being a boss that makes them better at offering health care? GM not only has to be good at making cars, but they also have to be good and dispensing health care? Huh? Would you want them to offer a food plan? If they did offer a food plan and all you had was a co pay to pick whatever stuff you liked out of the store without regards to the price of the food, what do you think the prices would do overtime? This is a very inefficient way to deliver health care. Also, have you ever known of people who work at a place just so they can keep their benefits? Many people work at place not because the employer/employee relationship but because they need the health care coverage.This is not an ideal situation to get people to work in the jobs they are best at. Teabaggers blame Obama, democrats blame republicans, I blame Adolf and Emperor Hirohito.