Much of last week’s mainstream news was focused on the plight of the “Big 3” US automakers and the possibility of a bailout from the US government.  I had mentioned GM in a previous post on healthcare, and I came across a couple of blog posts that further flesh out the constraints placed on US business by the lack of a national healthcare system.

Via emptywheel at firedoglake, China Hand at China Matters has a post about the US healthcare system’s role in GM’s crisis.  The Washington Post had a piece about this as well with some numbers.

The fact that our current healthcare system can be harmful to business is not a convincing argument for a national healthcare plan in itself, but it is another factor that should be taken into account.