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Can you afford health insurance?


Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 12-Nov-2016 7:54pm  
I don't need to.
posted 13-Nov-2016 11:34am  
Currently yes; I get a very good rate for the Essential plan on the New York State exchange. After Deplorable Donald takes over, however, I'm not sure.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 13-Nov-2016 12:19pm  
Ours went up 18% this year.
posted 13-Nov-2016 3:49pm  
Yes because I get it through the VA and Air Force Retirement
paulyw Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 13-Nov-2016 4:43pm  
I have good health insurance and it pays 4 most of my medical bills.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 13-Nov-2016 7:01pm  
I can't tell if I can't afford it, or if I'm just not managing it well enough. Either way, I usually don't get to paying off medical bills until they have already landed in collections. On any given month, I'd say we pay on average, about $500-600 per month in medical/dental/vision expenses. If you add in three cats, it's another $100 per month.
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 13-Nov-2016 9:08pm  
Cats are preventative. They should be covered.
posted 14-Nov-2016 5:27am  
Very close to no right now. The last 3 years has seen it skyrocket (almost 100%) that is is now taking 39% of my weekly takehome pay. Thank God I do not have a mortgage or any loans out right now.
posted 14-Nov-2016 5:41am  
Over here in the UK, we are fortunate enough to have the NHS (National Health Service), so health insurance is not a necessity.
posted 14-Nov-2016 1:17pm  
We have insurance through my husband's work, and Medicare.

The medical community has made it difficult. I say stay away from big Pharma, and the AMA except in emergencies.
posted 14-Nov-2016 2:50pm  
I'd say no if I had to pay for it. I don't have $950 a month for me alone. But, my company pays 100% of the premiums so I don't pay for medical insurance for myself. My wife has Medicare and I pay for the part B cost on that.
posted 14-Nov-2016 6:49pm  
Yes I have SSI and I get health insurance
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 15-Nov-2016 12:10pm  
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to LindaH) posted 15-Nov-2016 7:44pm  
yes ! grin
posted 8-Dec-2016 8:28am  
Don't know as there is no requirement to have it in the UK. I do have some private healthcare coverage as a benefit from work, but that does not cover management of any chronic conditions like my type 1 diabetes, so realistically, I'll probably never use it. If I did have to buy health insurance, I would assume that due to the fact that I have a chronic illness, it would be more expensive. So, I don't know whether I'd be able to afford it or not. One of the many reasons why I'm lucky to come from the UK and am extremely grateful for the existence of the NHS.
posted 23-Dec-2016 12:29pm  
It is part of my benefits package at work.

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