With all possible credits included, such as tobacco-free and others, we are able to hold down our out-of-pocket premiums to $1935 a year for a family (2-12 people, all must be provable by birth certificates, marriage certificates, bills & leases/mortgages) A PCP (Primary Care Provider visit is a $25 co-pay; a specialist is $35; an emergency room visit is $100 the average generic prescription co-pay is $7. Knock-on-wood, we've only had one overnight hospital stay for which there was no out-of-pocket (and no procedures, just things such as saline and other medicines for food poisoning.)
The Affordable care Act has 4 levels of plan that pay from almost 100% of deductibles and has high premiums to the bronze level that has lesser amounts of premiums and higher deductibles with much fewer choices -- from what I've heard.
My employer has not added an extra deduction to my paycheck to pay for the ACA as some scumbag employers have done. Call me a socialist if you want, but if you're a company owner with more than 50 employees, just buy a new car every 4 years and only take 4 weeks of vacation a year and don't take an extra deduction from your employees. Just one person's opinion.
Is it affordable? I guess it depends on how sick you are, how much you use your insurance and how much money you make...
I hope the young and the healthy partake of the plan. Otherwise the ACA will do what is known in insurance circles as the "Death Spiral" where there aren't enough premiums to pay for the older users (which is now officially the first wave of baby-boomers starting to retire).
God help us all if this doesn't work!
anybody check the prices and what you get for it yet? doesn't seem very affordable to me.
Yes, Anna, the Koch conglomerate is a low-key sinister presence most notable for bank-rolling advertisements and commercials for/from right wing "public interest" groups. If I go camping, it will be in the Ozarks, possibly near Lake Tanneycomo. I hear the trout are jumping.
Today is pug day: my son lets my wife and I enjoy their little ankle-biter, Homme. We take long walks and tease the heck out of him so he's worn out when we hand him back to AJ after his workday is over. Have the Republicans blinked yet?
Please shut up, Sinéad O' Connor.
considering. And you know this whole scenario has gone way too far into weirdness when the drum beating, war hawk John McCain actually sounds like the voice of reason for the Republican party. Thanks, John. It's nice, every so often, to be reminded that I don't necessarily need mushrooms in order to feel like I'm hallucinating :)))
*** I put that picture up about two weeks ago and it finally takes?
Just a typical day in Washington DC that was over-reported by every major news network. The BBC interviewed many Americans who decried the militarization of the nation's, and especially the capitol's, police force. All of the shots fired are being attributed to overzealous LE.
The atmosphere in the city is reported (probably over-reported) as tense amidst the 3rd day of a government shutdown.
5 MINUTES AGO ON THE WEST LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE THERE WERE THREE LARGE BOOMS AND CONGRESSIONAL POLICE ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN INJURED! FURTHER REPORTS ARE THAT 15 SHOTS OR SO HAD BEEN FIRED AND CONGRESSIONAL POLICE CARS TOOK OFF IN PURSUIT OF THE BAD GUYS. A HELICOPTER HAS LANDED ON THE WEST LAWN, NEAR THE REFLECTING POOL.
"IT'S A WILD THING TO SEE!"
TOURISTS WERE HERDED INTO LAFAYETTE PARK AND THEN TAKEN ELSWHERE.
CONGRESS IS IN RECESS AT THE MOMENT THOUGH THEY ARE IN THE CAPITOL AND IN SESSION.
Would have to be at a private campground. Looks like a stalemate at the moment (passing a bill that would open up the government is not in the cards). In fact, this looks like a perfect opportunity to do it on the taxpayer's dime, GTed. Leave this afternoon, come back Sunday night...
Everybody knows that during these Congress-created fiascoes (shutdowns due to partisan issues) government furloughed workers are made whole again. Not this time. The mainline Republicans teamed up with the Tea Party are building momentum not to pay for the days government workers are missing (those deemed non-essential). The ones still working will get paid. The one's not working, well, they aren't essential -- why pay for days they missed?
Have a good camping trip GTed.
GTed. Better to take a short camping trip to Whichita and protest outside the Koch Brothers headquarters! Don't imagine you would get much of a reception there. If they'll spend millions fighting against somebody who sold them a fake bottle of wine, they'll make mincemeat of anybody opposing them on this issue.
The Republicans are hell-bent on erasing the Obama legacy from US History. There is a very ugly hint of racism here.
Well, the furlough is here to stay it appears, as no progress on a clean CR has reached the Senate yet. My wife and I keep busy locally, as long distance traveling or camping is not feasible if by some miracle Congress passes the budget and the workplace reopens. Until then we'll keep encouraging our rep and Senators (R-KS) to get to work!