My husband and I have been forced into this type of health care because as a small business owner this is the best coverage he can afford to offer (and at that, it's $16,400 per year!).
I am unable to work full time now but if that was possible, I'd work for a large company with excellent benefits (similar to what we had when I battled colon cancer in 1999).
I shudder to think what would happen if I needed more surgery. I know my former 1999 bills (total? $1400.00 for two hospital stays, totaling 12 days) would be even laughable to compare to what we have now.
I know political debates are frowned upon but until the rest of the country is reduced to this type of coverage (or lack there of), the vast majority in this country are not going to ~fully~ understand why we need health care reform. While I don't want others to virtually go w/o insurance (this is what I often joke we have now, none), if even 50% in this country would agree that premiums, copays, deductibles, etc. are out of control, then we'll never get anywhere trying to change things. Sigh.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 11/4/2010 5:42:56 AM (GMT-6)