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  •  It would cost me $1500, I'm not a teacher or a (13+ / 0-)

    firefighter.

    "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 10:50:08 AM PDT

    •  And your point is ?????? (21+ / 0-)

      I too had to pay $1500 plus for one visit to the ER.   I was a retired teacher and no longer allowed to be a part of their insurance....so I had to buy my own and pay for it through the retirement group.   It cost me over $400 a month for one person, just me, and the co pay for the ER was $1500.   When I was in the group insurance while I was teaching, it was a $500 co pay here in CO for the ER.  

      It's bad no matter what and it is especially hard when you are already paying so much just to have insurance.

      The bottom line is this.  ALL of us are being ripped off by a "for profit" insurance company.  At least when I was working, even though the co payment was high, the teachers here in CO make a lot more than FL teachers.  
      The real rub is that Rick Scott is a felon who got away with cheating and defrauding Medicare.   And somehow a state filled with Medicare recipients voted him in.
      WHY?  Spin and lies.   Just like those being used by so many on the right.

      •  I don't know Rick Scott, I do know that I and a (0+ / 0-)

        lot of other people have thousands of dollars in deductible. I don't blame the insurance company as much as I do the for profit providers, they have a larger markup than the insurance folks.

        Single provider not just single payer.

        "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

        by ban nock on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 12:03:46 PM PDT

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      •  His mother made TV ads and they (2+ / 0-)
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        were incessant and part of a campaign Scott himself financed to some extent with his own money. She literally looked into the camera and said, "Rick is a good boy..."  So, like the other Koch bros.' Tea Party governors across the country (Wisconisn, Ohio, Maine, etc.) they bought the governorships with corporate monies.  They used Scott's mother to sell him as the exact opposite of what he is - a Crook, a Felon whose corporation plea bargained and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for defrauding Medicare.  What a country!  Florida is fucked.

    •  I think part of the point of the diary is to point (9+ / 0-)

      out that relative to certain portions of the population, teachers and firefighters in Florida are being asked to pay quite a bit more than other demographics, and the question is, "why?"

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 01:08:30 PM PDT

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    •  Try it with no insurance and not on Medicare or (4+ / 0-)
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      Medicaid. My last visit to an ER was about 5 years ago for a spider bite- $8,600. A guy I work with had a heart attack, same thing, no insurance of any kind. He brought the bills into work a few weeks ago to prove to a Teabagging idiot what they'd billed him- $168,000. He was in for about 8-9 days.
         Nice racket they are running.
       

      Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.

      by teabaggerssuckbalz on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 08:49:26 PM PDT

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      •  In a first-world country it is a crime and it is (4+ / 0-)
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        pathetic and unforgivable that most Americans do not have single-payer universal health care.  I am fortunate.  I have health care through the VA.  Why there hasn't been a revolt against the costs of health insurance and health care in the US is beyond my comprehension.

        I have posted several times on this thread.  I am so upset about this issue - for my son and his family (a wife and two children) whose company does provide health insurance but at a cost that is astonishing, considering his salary, as well as for all low-income, working class and middle class Americans,  My god, this is so wrong.

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