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  •  Let me just say this one more time (12+ / 0-)

    for the record.

    NONE of these bills should be about health INSURANCE.

    Health insurance SUCKS.

    These bills should be about health care that is unrestricted by profit issues, available to everyone, that can't be canceled just because we get sick, and can't exclude us because we once had a mole, and that won't send us into bankruptcy if we exceed some arbitrary "limit".

    We need health CARE that doesn't require reams of paperwork, hours of stress and frustration dealing with bureaucracy, paying out huge sums while things get "sorted out", and worrying about whether something is covered or not.

    12.5% of our income?  Who among us can afford up to 12.5% of our income on health insurance?  Especially health insurance that still has limits and copays and frustration and confusion and can still send us to the poorhouse?

    My son needs some major oral surgery.  I HAVE health insurance, and it actually covers the surgery at almost 100%.  But they pay so little to the oral surgeon that we've had a total of three so far - one said it was "cosmetic" so it wouldn't be covered (it's not) and the other two dropped him as soon as they saw what the insurance company would pay them.

    We're on #4 now.  Although it's an improvement for most people, I don't give a crap that my insurance is affordable.  I'd also like it if my son didn't have to delay important surgery for over a year while these clowns (doctors AND insurance companies) try to maximize their profits - oh, and don't forget that my employer changes plans based on $$ every year, which really interferes with the complex process of coordinating a dentist, orthodontist, and oral surgeon who all take the same insurance . . .

    This should be about HEALTH CARE.  Not insurance.  

    "Balance" does not mean giving the same weight to a lie as you do to the truth.

    by delphine on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 10:02:41 AM PDT

    •  Since 12.5% of my income (3+ / 0-)
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      delphine, Big Tex, Brooke In Seattle

      is at present a negative number...

      "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Cassiodorus on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 10:26:41 AM PDT

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      •  And I how is that 12.5% calculated? (1+ / 0-)
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        Big Tex

        I have low premiums-sort of if 600$ a month is low. But I also have a HIGH deductible and if I add them up then that eats up more than 15% of my income, but just the premium would not reach 12.5%. So I would left out in the cold as well?

        •  Why even bother with that? (1+ / 0-)
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          Brooke In Seattle

          And I how is that 12.5% calculated?

          I'm not making any money, so that's less than zero, if you subtract "expenses."  Somehow the distant, wealthy folks in the Senate have this idea that everyone has gobs and gobs of money to contribute to "health insurance," so they need not worry about us while they spend trillions on "defense" and on bailouts for the banks.  

          "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

          by Cassiodorus on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 11:21:32 AM PDT

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