$218 PER WEEK.
That is our new health insurance premium for 2014. It did not go down.
$11,330 per year. With no tax incentives/credits for us. $1200 deductible, $3000 out of pocket limit. Copays do not count toward the deductible. Copays have been raised from $20 to $30 for a doctor visit, from $40 to $75 for lab tests, and from $40 to $50 for specialist visits. That's just the short list. Nothing will be paid toward prescriptions until the deductible is met. All this - and the company claims that they pay 80% of the premium for this crap! Now I am no good at math, but how much god damned money does this insurance policy cost? WAYYYY more than any actual medical bills we have had over the last 15 years. We have NEVER met our deductible/out of pocket limits. (Just lucky I guess...)
We participate in a flex spending also - but the government will only allow you to put in $2500 a year. Um. Why not $3000 - you know - my "out of pocket" limit? But wait - this year we have spent our entire $2500, but have only met about $700 toward our deductible/out of pocket. Why? because meds and copays do NOT count. Why not? It came out of my pocket didn't it?
This insurance payment costs us more than 2 new cars and car insurance per month.
It costs us more than our house payment per month.
It costs us more than all of our utilities combined per month.
This is not affordable, nor is it right.
I feel like "WOW" - it's so great that people who previously could not get health insurance can now get it. Yay! But how many of those people can actually afford it? Then to FORCE people to get it - oh hell no - that is just wrong. A lot of people I have talked to say they will just take the penalty. Ok, but wait - people with low incomes will get a "tax credit." Great fine. But - how are they supposed to live while paying that out each month? A family of 3 making $25,000 a year will have to put out an estimated $400 a month. That is not affordable.
It all sounded so great. It's ended up being a bunch of lies, a bunch of bullshit, and yet another set of rights taken away from us. Every single American should feel betrayed, bent over without that lovely jar of vaseline.
I have no choice. I have to keep this insurance. AND NOW because I smoke - I have to pay EVEN MORE! Because of our health, there is just no other choice for us. We are hostages. All of us are hostages. There is no hope, no right answers, nothing. We work so they can take and take and take. All of the fighting I did to get through college, get a good job, and get a leg up in life - pointless.
All of it is just so fucking pointless......