Over the weekend, Paul Carr wrote that funded startups have a responsibility to offer affordable health-care to their employees. It’s no surprise that the post sparked an intense conversation in the comments section and on Twitter. Like gun control, abortion, and other political issues where the stakes are life and death, the health-care debate can often become so overwhelmed by emotions that’s there’s simply no room left for logic. And because the issue is so closely tied to our debate about taxes, it’s pretty much the Thunderdome of American politics: No room for compromise.
But we want to take a step back from the binary political dichotomies at play here and ask our readers, many of whom run startups or work for startups, questions about your personal experience with health-care. To sweeten the deal, if we feature your response in an upcoming wrap-up post, you’ll win free tickets to a PandoMonthly event of your choice. To submit your answers, either fill out the form here or leave a comment below (if you leave a comment, be sure to include the best way for us to reach you in case you win).
Entrepreneurs: Do you offer your employees health insurance? Why or why not?
Employees: Does your company offer affordable health insurance? Have you ever worked for a company that didn’t offer health insurance? And if so, did that cause any hardship for you?
Everyone: When should a startup offer health insurance? Always? Only when they reach a certain size or funding milestone?
Everyone: And finally, do you think health-care reforms like the ones proposed in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will have a positive effect on entrepreneurship?