Why We Are Moving To Canada This Week

This should go well. Let’s talk about health insurance.

Man With Cancer Fights for Health Insurance

Sergio Branco, a 33-year-old father of three, discovered that he had leukemia just before he was fired from his job. Thankfully, he could treat his cancer by extending his health insurance coverage through COBRA, which would cost him $518.26 per month. His wife sent in a check for $518. Without notifying the family that they still owed 26 cents, Sergio Branco's health insurance was terminated. Although the Broncos were still ahead of their payment deadline, they were told they could no longer make any payments. The contacted a lawyer. The Department of Labor had to get involved. The amount of effort it took for a man dying of cancer to maintain his health insurance policy was absurd.

Do You Have Health Insurance? Y/N

Do you have health insurance?

Health Care Reform, In Comic Form

Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” presents a glossary of health care reform, and it is as good an introduction as any to how things work in these parts. (Poorly. They work poorly.)

The ACA and My Obstetrician and Me

So as previously mentioned I am growing increasingly pregnant with each passing day, and today I had an appointment with my OB-GYN. On the agenda for this morning was first to chug 10 oz. of a drink called Glucola™, which is basically like drinking flat orange drink except twice as sugary (Um, I was kind of into it) that does weird things to your blood sugar and screens you for gestational diabetes. Second on the agenda, aside from peeing in a cup, getting my blood pressure taken, and hearing baby's heartbeat, was for me to corner my OB and try to get her to give me an honest answer about her practice's plans to drop my newly begotten insurance plan.

The Pre-Departure Costs of Travelling By Cargo Ship (A Note to Self)

The cost of travel via cargo ship.

The Uninsured Die at Home

In Ohio on Thursday Mitt Romney told The Columbus Dispatch’s editorial board  that “We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack.’ … We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” Rachael Acks, a former EMT, writes that actually, we do have people dying in their homes because they don’t have insurance. Her essay is powerful. An excerpt:

“Sometimes you get a call out to one of the little trailer parks, because people do live here even though no one really wants to, and it’s for chest pains, possible heart attack. It’s an older man in a uniform (you decide what kind) pale and sweaty and shaking, his face like dough. He’s got a crocheted afghan in a startling color combination covering his lap, and his wife (you guess she’s the one who made it, she’s got that look) wrings her hands nearby. She’s the one that called you. He’s as mad as he can manage when he can barely breathe.

“The paramedic hooks up the EKG.You don’t know how to read the bouncing lines, but even you know it’s not good. Okay, let’s go. We need to get you to the hospital.


How My State’s Health Exchange Website Problems Have Affected Me

I have never gone a day in my life without health insurance, but it is looking increasingly likely that I will miss the December 23 open enrollment deadline and be uninsured as of January 1.

Making the Best of What I’ve Got

In 2012, I learned a lot more about value than I did about money—the value of my family, the value of friendship, and the value of making the best of what you've got.

The Affordable Care Act: What It Is and What It Isn’t

The Affordable Care Act to the rescue kind of!