Last weekend, PunditGirl and I visited my younger stepdaughter out of town. As we were hanging out at her apartment on Sunday morning, she pulled out a few bills to pay. One of them was her health insurance bill.
My stepdaughter works in the fashion industry in New York as an independent contractor, so she doesn’t have access to any employer-based health insurance or group insurance. She had to find insurance on her own and pay the full freight — almost $1,000. She’s young and healthy and is rarely sick, and it still costs her almost $12,000 a year.
Of course, to me that sounds cheap, since the PunditMom family also pays for the full cost of our health insurance since Mr. PunditMom is a partner at his law firm. We don’t get any employer subsidies and can’t use reimbursement accounts that can come in handy — that is, if you have the money to put into them.
Everybody has a story about brushes with health insurance failure. Even Michelle Obama.
Earlier today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that she doesn’t have the votes for a “robust” public option, but hopes there will be support for a modified plan.
Here’s my thought — any Senator or Congressman who is against the public option has to go for a year without their guaranteed, government provided health insurance, and try to purchase an equivalent policy on the open market or pay for the full costs of their own health care.
I bet we’d get a public option after that in a split second.