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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers

Jul 15, 2017
In The News

The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare.

In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the “gig economy” seemed feasible.

Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workers—excuse me, independent contractors—didn’t have to worry about going broke if they got sick, thanks to help from the government. The gig economy exploded after 2010 and hasn’t stopped growing.

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