Job lock has been one of resulting problems with the way Americans currently purchase health insurance. Because the individual market is so expensive, and because many people would have pre-existing conditions that would have excluded them from purchasing a new insurance plan, many people stay at jobs they do not like.
So, with the ability to purchase insurance in the marketplace with no exclusions due to pre-existing conditions it is predicted that more people will change jobs and even pursue new entrepreneurial ventures. This is detailed in a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Urban Institute and Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. The number of self-employed people is expected to rise by 1.5 million — a relative increase of more than 11 percent — as a direct result of the health care overhaul.