On top of all of these problems is wealth management, including insurance and pension funds, feeding financial speculation that has ballooned hundreds of trillions of dollars over the U.S. and world GDP. This rising demand for profit is clashing with the rising demand for payouts including an aging population, decaying infrastructure and extreme weather damages.
Our insurance and pensions are breaking down and cyclically in need of high-rate increases and bailouts. They are not contributing enough to the economic change we need to provide universal affordable health care and retirement, overcome structural unemployment and provide for a fast transition to an economy that protects and rebuilds a bio-diverse earth.
We are in an emerging crisis and should consider bundling all insurance and pension products into an expanded Social Security administration that provides people and business equal access to these protections. A public trust for social and business security will provide more balance with our private profit based economy. Call it repurposing a small portion of profits to save you, me, capitalism and the earth, too.