Linked by snydeq on Thu 25th Feb 2010 22:26 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes about the no-win scenario facing today's independent programmers: "In a knowledge economy, programmers rank among our most valuable workers, yet the current legal and regulatory climate makes a career as an independent software developer virtually a dead-end prospect." Section 1706 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, the hurdles and costs of obtaining health care for one's own family, a hostile legal climate in search of accountability for any defects in code - these harsh realities make it "easy to see why software developers would give up on entrepreneurship. For many, the risks simply don't match the potential rewards. Better to keep their heads down, not rock the boat, and hope they can hang onto their jobs until retirement."
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RE[2]: organize
by JoeBuck on Thu 25th Feb 2010 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE: organize"
JoeBuck
Member since:
2006-01-11

It's not about competency.

I have an incurable chronic medical condition, though it's completely controlled by a rather pricey drug (about $1K per month). Since I'm in the US, this means that I can't work as an independent consultant or even in a very small business.

Health care reform could fix this.

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RE[3]: organize
by eric_niebler on Fri 26th Feb 2010 05:56 in reply to "RE[2]: organize"
eric_niebler Member since:
2005-06-29

In some states it's not as bad as you say. Some, like Washington and California, have state-supported high risk health insurance pools that accept anyone regardless of pre-existing conditions and cost hundreds per month -- less than the thousands you'd pay out of pocket otherwise.

I'm an independent software developer in the US. I have high medical expenses. I've made it work.

And yes, health care reform can't come soon enough.

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