Social insurance in capitalism I would argue is in many ways just one way by which the capitalist system is kept in check. Economists as a result of the Great Recession are seeing the error of “Trickle down economics”. What social insurance does is allows for a stable marketplace when businesses lay people off. I can understand why business owners and other affluent protest, they have gotten their way for so very long, but without Social programs like food assistance and Medicaid there would be very few people able to buy the products which they are selling. Social insurance allows us to prevent a disastrous spiral of failing institutions.