Wednesday, September 25, 2013
HEALTH-CARE COSTS BASED ON GEOGRAPHY
"A 27-year-old in Austin who earns $25,000 could pay $85 per month for health insurance next year, and a family of four in St. Louis with income of $50,000 might face a $32 monthly premium, according to new federal data on health insurance rates under the Affordable Care Act."
The above is the opening volley of a piece in today's Washington Post on the makeup of premium costs for "Obamacare". What it will cost previously uninsured Americans depends on whether or not you are single, from what sized flock you come, or from what patch you hail. Why, oh why, does that country have to base the importance of health-care according to what political mentality one is a member? Should not health support be ingrained as an essential and basic tenet in any society considered free and prosperous?
I'm blowing hot air.
A few years ago I worked with an older guy visiting from the States; we almost too naturally got onto the subject of health-care: He told me that he could not afford medical insurance; my heart sank.
Recently I watched a PBS documentary called Men Get Depression. Later in the program one of the film's subjects talked about not being able to afford the financial cost of seeing a mental health professional -- my heart sank.
How much will Obamacare premiums cost? Depends on where you live.