for people like this. It's called the Green Party. But party-building is hard work, low-visibilty, and thus not something the Jane Hamsher Vanity Project is into. Much easier and more emotionally gratifying to destroy what someone else did than to create something of your own.
Workers definitely have limited bargaining power in a bad economy like this one, but believing that employers can get away with slashing insurance benefits and giving nothing in return is tantamount to claiming that there's no market at all. I think there is a market, and I think I am currently paying my employees according to what the market will bear, not some overgenerous amount that stems from the goodness of my heart.
While this is undeniable as a matter of basic economic theory, I think it is also heavily dependent on one of the heroic assumptions of capitalism - perfect information - that is particularly flawed when you're talking about health care compensation. Unlike wages, which are relatively straightforward and easily comparable, health plans are complicated. Thus it is not easy for a worker to determine if a competitor is offering a better deal.
Put another way, if Steve M's Trucking cuts driver rates from $17 and hour to $13 an hour, the employees can easily determine if they'd be getting a better deal from JJE's Trucking, which pays $15 an hour, by asking one of their buddies who work for JJE's Trucking. But if Steve M's Trucking changes its plan in a variety of ways, it is much more difficult for the employees to make an apples-to-apples comparison to the package of benefits offered by JJE's Trucking. Thus there may be more room for an employer to cut benefits, as opposed to wages, without suffering from undesirable attrition as a result.