As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m going to be traveling and my wife is taking a break from her job, which means we’ll be on Obamacare, which is called Healthy New York in our home state. I mentioned earlier that it is shit insurance. Here’s how bad it is: We need insurance for December. Since my wife and I don’t have any really serious health problems, the bronze plan we’ll be using will cost almost $771/month and it is limited to $14K total outlay for the month of December.
In other words, this program, which Democrats killed themselves to pass, will allow me to feel secure that the most I can possibly pay for medical care next month is around $25K. And, by the way, it was a complete pain in the ass to enroll, and it was only because I was lucky enough to get an excellent call center rep to help me that I was able to enroll. Or, at least, I think I’m enrolled — I have to wait a couple of days for the insurance company to get my file from New York State, and then I need to pay my premium.
Folks going door-to-door in Virginia said that the number one issue on voter’s minds was healthcare. This is the Democrats’ current answer to that concern. It sucks, badly. And if I qualified for premium support, so what? Even if my entire premium were paid via premium support, the spectre of $14K of uncovered medical expense on a ~$40K paycheck-to-paycheck salary is absolutely the opposite of a feeling of security. Sinema and Manchin’s foot dragging and watering down of the BBB plan is just another nail in our coffin given the horrific state of our medical insurance system.
My other update is a little less ugly: I had asked in the comments a while back if anyone knew of an English-language Mexican newspaper. I don’t think anyone mentioned Mexico News Daily. From what I can tell, it’s basically someone (or a few people) re-writing stories in English using the big Spanish-language Mexican newspapers as a source. For $29/year, I’ll take it.