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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:38 PM
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Costly Coverage: Premiums Outpace Paychecks (Check where your state stands)
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 01:41 PM by flpoljunkie


Over the past decade, the cost of health insurance has skyrocketed, while working families wages have merely inched upward. As the recession lingers on, this situation continues to worsen. Reduced hours and job losses have left millions of families struggling to afford their share of premiums and millions more with no coverage at all. The combination of stagnant wages and rising health care costs is placing a growing strain on family budgets, and many families have reached a breaking point. Quite simply, America's families are being priced out of health coverage.

In addition to higher premiums, working families now face higher out-of-pocket health care costs, such as higher deductibles, copayments, and costs for services that are not covered by their insurance plans. As a result, health care costs are consuming an ever-larger portion of family budgets. It is clear why many families feel worse off economically than they did a decade ago.

These state reports, which are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, examine what these trends mean for Americas working families.

State-specific reports are being released August through September, 2009.

Click here for link to your state: http://www.familiesusa.org/resources/publications/repor...

(Florida's workers' paychecks have grown 26.7% since 2000 while their insurance premiums have risen 98.1%. This is unacceptable and, of course, unsustainable. Employers cannot afford to give you a raise. The money goes to the insurance company to pay for your health care coverage.)
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:56 PM
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1. My redneck, racist brother in law
is looking for a government job because of "health insurance" and the "other" benefits. Here's a guy who hates Obama and has no use for any democrat. Because I love my wife so much I never talk politics with certain in laws.
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:57 PM
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2. Yeap, you can tell when someone isn't thinking for themselves when the miss the glaring hypocricies
...of their stands on issues
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:13 PM
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3. Kick!
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