Saturday, November 17, 2007

Insurance

I just completed the annual benefits enrollment process with my employer. It's gone up quite a bit this year... the amount I pay for health insurance to cover my family of 5 is now $400 a month.

Freakin' unreal. How do folks without access to insurance via an employer afford it?

As an aside, this is one of the cost factors behind my company's decision to start actively dumping its US work force. When people balk at the idea of a single payer system, I think they're missing this point.

3 Comments:

Anonymous eagle eyed milton said...

I'm gagging on this one.

My Canadian neighbors who live in the US now actually hate Canadadian health care. And they are voting democrats! Real live people, not politicians or Movie Directors telling me US health care is the worst in the world.

Single payer health care costs paid by the government would STILL be passed back to your employer via taxes and eventually back to you.

Despite abuses of AMA and Insurance and Drug companies,
higher health care costs are really due to people living LONGER with more sophisticated drugs and technology.

I only want health insurance for disasters, both genetic and phsysical mishaps that could benefit rich and poor alike. The governmt should not cover general perscription drugs. I should be rewarded for staying healthy, not punished. Give us incentives for staying healthy. Not 5000 dollars for new born babies.

6:27 AM, November 25, 2007  
Blogger Logic101 said...

True -- I understand that there is no free lunch here. Someone still has to pay.

Do we really live longer? Do we really live healthier? Is the quality of our life better than our Canadian and European peers? I have no idea... I'm not well versed there. I should look that up.

4:33 PM, November 26, 2007  
Anonymous eagle eyed milton said...

While you are looking up the statistics, I'm sure you'll agree that preemies are being saved at an earlier age at quite an astronomical cost, and how about all those artificial hips and knees being replaced. Older folk (even if they don't live longer) live better than they used to because of medical advances. I am not against a revised health care program, I just want the government printing money to run it like they run the postal system, costs will never be managed efficiently.

5:57 AM, November 27, 2007  

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