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  •  I resemble this remark . . . (8+ / 0-)

    As a managing professional making over $100,000 per year, I still can't afford to go to the doctor. After paying $10,000 per year in my share of premiums for my family, which includes two sets of twins and a mother in law that can't work anymore, I can't afford to go to the doctor.

    I've got a deep cough that has persisted for more than two weeks, but even with my excessive premiums I have essentially major medical. I pay all medical expenses up to the $2,500 deductible per year, then I pay co-pays. I'm hoping my albuterol doesn't run out and leave me with an unabated asthma attack, but I simply can't afford a trip to the doctor right now.

    This is an excellent article that points out that I'm not alone. And it's not because I'm "lazy," as the republicans want most people to believe. It's not because I'm not pulling my weight in society. It's not because I've spent all my money wastefully on big screen TVs and (cough, cough) a refrigerator. This is a problem for everyone, and single payer is the only way to effectively deal with it (of course, that would also destroy the whole "Attack on religion" argument as well, so it will never fly).

    •  I could buy a big screen TV every month (4+ / 0-)

      with the money we spend on health insurance.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 08:27:13 AM PST

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    •  It is shocking that (2+ / 0-)
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      Wendy Slammo, mmacdDE

      the median income in this country is as low as it is.  I know many people in that income bracket, and while you and they are in the top 10% I know it doesn't feel like it.

      A middle class, median income in the US should be around $80K, not half that.

      And when I talk to others about the time I spent in Europe, I ask them to imagine what their lives would be like if they didn't have exorbitant medical expenses, and good education was paid for.  Imagine here how our economy would change if all that money was freed-up to be spent on day to day living expenses.

      The insurance companies are sucking it all up...

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 09:18:30 AM PST

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    •  The single payer argument, old bird, (1+ / 0-)
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      RJDixon74135

      is why I'm so adamant about re-electing the president, retaking the house and at least hold our own in the senate.  THIS is how we get to single payer: protect the first steps and build from there.

      P.S.  Hope you can find the $$$ to get that persistent cough checked.  I'm a person who is independently insured and basically pays hundreds of dollers per month just to avoid a catastrophe.

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