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the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
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You might have heard that
Obamacare rates are WAAAY up for 2017. Being self-employed
in Pennsylvania, the cost for bottom-end (Bronze)
plan for Melanie and me in 2017 is $772.28/mo. ($9,267.36/yr.)
+ $13,900 deductible. That's $23,167.36 out-of-pocket before Obamacare pays anything
at all, and then only 60% of fees after full deductible has been paid. Check it
out on healthcare.gov
Oh, and if I want to keep my current doctor,
that plan this year is $974.75/mo. + $13,900 deductible ($25,597.00/yr.).
It does NOT pay for emergency room, diagnostic, x-ray, MRI, etc., until
AFTER the deductible has been paid.
Our combined income is a little over the $64k/year cutoff for any subsidy. The
subsidy qualification is not inclusive of personal exemption or deductions - it
gets figured from the net earnings reported your IRS form 1040.
Yay, we're screwed again!
Drug addicts, welfare queens, and Illegals still have it good, though - free
again in 2017.
BTW, the Government health care system allows itself
to engage in discrimination by only one criterion: AGE. That's
right, you cannot be forced to pay more if you engage in known risky activities
no matter how sever the consequences and how much treatment will cost taxpayers,
but if you grow older, you will pay more - a lot more - for that uncontrollable
act of Nature.
"...where preventive care is
not something you have to pay a deductible for..."
"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." - Nancy Pelosi