Response to Week 15 – Americans’ Loyalty is Costing Them Billions

In Catherine Rampell’s article “Americans’ Loyalty to Employers and Insurance Is Costing Them Billions” (2015), she urges readers to take advantage of opportunities to save money by switching health care providers and to earn more by switching employers, an opportunity most Americans fail to avail themselves of. 

Two Deviant Phrases
“Open Enrollment” =
During this period, Americans are free to choose between different health care providers, as instituted by the Affordable Care Act.
 “Bargain-Basement Wages” =
This coined phrase means being paid only enough to live in one’s parents’ basement, a predicament of many Americans.
Two Vocabulary Words
Rigmarole – a lengthy or complicated undertaking
Inertia – this, in physics, refers to an object’s resistance to changing its path, speed, or direction; determination to remain how one is currently 
Two Abstract Connections 
The Christian Bible gives a profound warning against laziness: “through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks” (Ecclesiastes 10:18). This idea that laziness can be harmful to oneself is revealed in Rampell’s recent article. She suggests that the inaction of millions of Americans is resulting in lost profit and other disadvantages.

In the culture Rampbell outlines in her article, the United States’ government and large corporations seem to be exploiting its people: they automatically charge excessively for basic rights and needs. This world is not that far from the one envisioned in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In his imaginary society, the government controls all decisions made by its people and limits their opportunities, including economic. Is Huxley’s warning of the future that far from our current situation?



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