ExcedrinHeadache: I got laid off in May and got a new job in July. The new job put me on 90-day probation, at the end of which I will receive my benefits. So I figured I would go the three months without insurance, I should be fine.Of course, about two weeks ago I wound up in the Emergency Room (I'm fine, thanks), and they handed me a bill for $12k, which they dropped to $4.5k as a "discount" because I was paying for it myself. I just bought a house in the new town, had just moved cross country, and simply had no money lying around, so I had to borrow from a family member to pay the amount (they offered to bring it down to $3k if I could pay it all at once). And now I'm getting bills from Pathology and am expecting the "physician's bill" as well.It was a stupid gamble, and I lost. If I'd had insurance, I'd have paid $1500, and that would have been my maximum co-pay for the year. I'm a fairly young guy (38) and pretty healthy in general, but the one time I gambled on no insurance, I lost. Big.
Serious Black: unyon: Brick-House: Here's an Idea... how about me make it a Picture ID and then let people use it to Vote?Serious Black: DeaH: They're right. The left was hysterical. With laughter.Actually, I am laughing now. Take a look at this poll that asked people how likely they are to purchase health insurance through the exchanges:[cdn-media.nationaljournal.com image 738x327]Those graphs would be a whole lot more useful if it stated the relative cohort sizes.Scribd is blocked for me, but you can look at the topline for the poll here to get the demographic breakdown.
thurstonxhowell: theorellior: Ain't that a tidy scam? "The bill is $12,000. Oh, wait, we can't chisel your insurance company? Uhhh, how about $4,500? Still can't do it? Okay, let's call it $3,000 cash 'n' carry."By basic keystone markup, that means it really cost $1500. $10,500 profit pays for a lot of tee times, if the sucker has insurance.The insurance company doesn't pay the billed price.
DeaH: They're right. The left was hysterical. With laughter.
God Is My Co-Pirate: I can't wait to see how the GOP's latest strategy of "vilify the elderly" works out for them.
sammyk: So the individual mandate is wealth distribution from the young and poor to the old and wealthy? It's too early for me to wrap my head around that kind of stupid. The entire point TFA article is trying to make falls apart when you consider that parents can keep their sprog covered until they are 26. Let's not forget the subsidies either./will enjoy the tax benefit of keeping his daughter on his insurance while she goes to college.
SpankMeJohnny: Just get out your crayons and a 3" x 5" card and write "I'm an idiot" on it. Everyone will know you are an Obama supporter.
TheDarkSaintOfGin: Seems that Part 2 of this story isn't getting traction. To think, I popped popcorn and everything.
what_now: Bloody William: Without overcharging young people, the Obamacare exchanges set to begin on Oct. 1 simply won't work. Neither will the Obamacare-compliant mandated insurance packages being offered by private companies.Um... that's the point. Young people are "overcharged" based on their medical needs so older citizens, who require much more care, are charged less when they have more difficulty affording it. It's kind of the idea behind insurance, broadening the risk pool to provide a consistency of care when it is needed. Anyone who has health insurance but doesn't get sick for a year is "overcharged."Neddy doesn't believe in health insurance. He considers it a form of gambling.
Lt. Cheese Weasel: But I thot cards is racist and disenfranchisement?
theorellior: Y'know, for some reason I feel like this thread, like many in the Politics Tab, is like those old Looney Toons shorts with Ralph the Wolf and Sam the Sheepdog. So far all the libby libtards are present and accounted for, now we just have to wait for the Usual Suspects to punch in and start herpaderping.
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