"According to a Boston Globe study, worker's health insurance premiums have increased 84 percent since 2000, while wages have increased only 20 percent."
In an effort to reduce expenses, I went ahead and paid my health insurance premiums in advance for the rest of the year. That means I just wrote Lifewise Health Plan of Washington a check for over $1,600 just for 5 months of coverage. That's just my monthly premiums, it doesn't cover co-pays or deductibles if I see an out of network provider (I have zero deductible if I stay in the network).
I sure hope our new president has some interest in health care reform. I simply can't imagine a life without health insurance. It's like being just one injury or sickness away from financial ruin. Yet it's astronomically expensive to have it.