August 31, 2004

one of them

... and then suddenly, I became one of them. You know them -- people you hear about, people that get your empathy vote. People fighting cancer, in poverty, without health insurance. Without health insurance ... how did that happen? Start your own business and realize that you are no longer one of thousands working for large corporations with cafeteria-style health plans. It happened in a moment when Gregory sent me an email telling me that, at the small company he now works for, it is $45 a month for healthcare insurance for him but $426 a month to cover me.... hellow? At that cost, I splashed into pool of 45 million uninsured Americans. Big club I never wanted to belong to. I'm one of the lucky ones in the pool. I can get out of it by lots of research and comparison and earning enough in my new little business to pay for my own insurance at less than $426 a month. It won't cover vision and dental. It comes with hefty coinsurance & deductibles. But if I end up in the hospital or with a life threatening illness, I can limit my exposure to $3,500 a year. When you join 45 million Americans you didn't use to relate to, socialized medicine in France and Canada doesn't look as weird as it used to.

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