Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Back to Health Insurance

Massachusetts has passed a law mandating universal health insurance. Unfortunately, poor people are required to pay for their own. Reduced rates, sure, but they have to pay all the same.

I have to pay for health insurance provided through our employers. Diane gets the insurance and I pay her back. With all that, I'll still have to pay a couple of thousand dollars out of pocket for the dental work I still need.

I was going to have to pay $250 for the two extractions of broken-off tooth roots I had done today, but because of the insurance I had to pay only $110. Better but still not good for my budget.

The $2500 I'll have to pay for my bridges in January will have to come out of my pension. So I'll have that much less earning interest toward my retirement in a few years.

I'm discouraged.


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