I'm sure health insurance has risen since my wife and I went on medicare a few years ago but the last time I had coverage for us both, it was around $18,000 per year for a very deluxe policy. We had $500 deductible per year and everything else was paid 100%. I had a $102,000 bypass surgery and didn't pay a nickel for anything since I had already covered my deductible. Certainly it was better coverage than the Obamacare plans. I assume one could buy a non Obamacare policy and not get fined? If so, that could put a dent in Obamacare sales. By the way, I don't believe the insurance companies were involved in writing the Obamacare bill. Neither was anybody in the government.
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We probably got close to 100k we have paid out of pocket, I think we were suppose to have paid 46k but if the insurance company and us refused to pay something the billing company just sold it to a collection agency. We disputed and got about half of those charges reversed, but I still think a lot of them were sold to collection agencies anyway. I can see why healthcare is a big cause of bankruptcy. If it was up to me we would have filed, but my wife was against it and I was afraid she woudl kick the bucket anytime, so I didnt. We make way too much for the hospital to charge anything off, I think that is where we really got screwed.
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And there are also waiting times in the US... and some places massive ones at that. I saw a statistic a few years ago that the waiting time for mamograms in New York was many months...