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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Newt Gingrich’s New Strategy for Workers’ Compensation

In a plan reminiscent of his earlier ideas, the former Speaker of the House is back again advocating an expanded Regan Administration economic plan which would shift the burden from employers and onto the employees. In an effort to eliminate litigation costs Newt Gingrich has proposed a plan that would eliminate employer contributions to employee benefits entirely.

He is suggesting that employees maintain their own economic funds to cover their own needs including medical care and presumably workers’ compensation type benefits. Gingrich is suggesting that employees be “self-insured” for injuries and illnesses and resulting disability freeing the employees of the need to contribute to insurance coverage or Social Security benefits at all.

A recent article in The American Spectator highlights Newt Gingrich’s thoughts concerning the shift of responsibility from the employer to the employee. This builds upon his previous suggestion which was to just eliminate workers’ compensation altogether.

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