More Health Insurance Talk

Liss, from Shakesville, asks her readers about their health insurance stories and gets pretty much the same type of answers that we received here.

Julia S., from the comments, sums up the reality of Health Care in the US:

The thing that is the horror that we live with in the U.S. is that unless you have a stable corporate or Union job with a company that pays for the good stuff, or you are completely poor and get Medicare and Medicaid which is a horror story all in it’s own, you are screwed. That leaves a very large number of people out in the cold. My husband and I make a better living income-wise than my father did, but we can’t afford to buy our own insurance. We live in fear of accidents and illnesses like people did back in the 1800’s. I am terrified of getting pregnant now – because we don’t have insurance OR the $10,000 to $15,000 that it costs to have a baby!!! Is this a great country where a woman has to live in FEAR of getting pregnant!?!

John is even more succinct:

I’m just a layoff away from disaster.


  1. Why did you start this? I now have a staph infection and the doctor’s office has my credit card number!

    It’s the first time I’ve been to a doctor in years, since I lost my insurance.

  2. C’mon now, you commie hippies! You’re just being lazy! Go get one of those jobs that are available out there! Besides, you have charities that are more than willing to help you. Commie hippies.

  3. the problem with lists like this — and i contributed — is that once written, they are filed and forgotten. all the angst, all the hope and frustration, all of it just goes away.

  4. Attend some of these town halls where the nuts are shouting people down and put a few of them in the hospital. It’ll let them see the craptacular health care system they are so enamored with first-hand.

  5. When I had my first daughter 50 years ago, the doctor charged $100 for 9 months of prenatal care, the delivery, and the 6-week checkup. I don’t remember what the hospital was, but about the same. Insurance covered part of it, and we paid nothing for the insurance. How on earth have we come to $10,000-$15,000 price tags to have a baby? Another obscenity of our system.

  6. How about you come to Ireland and see how the pharmacies you dispense drugs are on strike leaving old people in the countryside no where to get them.

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