Oh Where should I begin A good question. Wife showed me a Blue cross statement, from my kidney stone experience a few months back. Costed $56,000 That's almost a years salary for me. Thankfully I don't have to pay that much. I got a 80/20 plan through my work. Meaning I pay 20% And just the other day, got another $600.00 bill from the hospital. So it's going to be a while until my 20% gets paid in full. But it's bad how much medical care costs. 20 years ago I had a good health insurance plan, through my previous employer. It to was a 80/20 plan but it also had pharmacy, vision and dental, on the same plan. My premium was $56.00 a week. For a family plan. And had a $500.00 deductible, for each of us. And a $30.00 co pay, at the doctors office. My daughter was born and my wife survived a bout with ovarian cancer on this plan. Of course I'm like everyone else and is going to bitch about the 20% and the deductibles. But in hind site, I think this was the best plan I ever had. When I went to work, where I work now. We had choices of 3 different plans, all were 80/20 plans, and all were between $50 and $60.00 a week, for family plans. But dental and most vision, had to be a whole different plan all together, which sucked. The dental plan costs $11.00 week. You get your teeth cleaned twice a year, and it pays for minimal work as far as cavities and extractions. But everything else costs 50% up to a $1,000 maximum per year per family member. Which if you have good teeth. This ain't a bad plan. And my life was pretty good until 08. When my daughter got leukemia. For those that don't know, that shit is deadly. And that's when you move in to the hospital, and take up residence. With blood transfusions chemo around the clock, and later radiation. Throwing your guts up all the time. Your body shrinks away to under 90 pounds. You start wondering if your going to be planning a funeral soon. And all of this is going on when the great Obama takes office. And starts Fucking up the insurance industry. Some might think I hate Obama cause he's black, or he's a liberal, progressive or communist. The truth is when you see children in the hospital, fighting for there lives. And there parents loose there insurance over Bull shit politics. That's not right. Then many of them have to look to the charities to help them. Or wait on the Medicaid program to kick in. When she was first diagnosed with this. A social worker that worked at the hospital. Insisted that we go apply for social security/ Medicaid. I told her I made to much money for that. But she insisted. So me and my wife go down and apply. Spent probably 3 or 4 hours sitting around. Only to get denied, which I knew was going to happen. For Medicaid to work, I would have to cut back to working part time. And then I couldn't afford all the normal bills we all have. The crazy thing about it was. If me and my wife both worked and made what I was making, at the time. She would have been accepted. A lot of medical bills you can get back on your taxes. But that was another thing the unaffordable heath care act fucked with. You get back less now. And you take that money, and you pay on the current bills. And the cycle goes on and on. My daughters medical bills were in the millions. I think they must write off a lot of those bills, cause there was no way I paid 20% of that. She lived mostly in and out of the hospital for 3 years. And luckily she pulled through. But she lost what should have been some of the best years of her life. But back to the insurance. The three choices in major medical plans, shrunk to one. The premiums went up, the deductibles go up, and the coverage goes down. Today what once cost $56.00 week costs $126.00 week. I pay a higher premium, to get a lower deductible. Since we all seem to be going to the doctors more. Also the plan we have now. A lot of things have to be pre approved. And the doctor has to be in the network. The prescriptions have to be approved. And then there's the vision plan. Had to go through more crap, with the insurance company over that. I got bad eyes, and need a real eye doctor. Not some quack, that works at WallMart prescribing reading glasses. Luckily some of my eye needs fall under medical insurance. They sent us a list of doctors and places to get glasses, none of them was even in our state. WTF? Luckily after more research, we found a place. To get glasses. It just seems like as time goes on, you go through more and more Bull shit to get medical care. And of course it costs more. Though I do bitch about it. I also feel fortunate that I work for a company that does still provide insurance. Many people have lost there's and can't get care when they need it. My feelings on the subject is that the Government needs to get the fuck out of the way. So that insurance companies would have to compete with each other for our business, or for our employers business. Sort of the way car insurance and other kinds of insurance works. Over several years I've heard many stories about people coming to the US. For medical help. Many of them come from countries that has that socialized medical care. So I ask why? If that type of system is so good, why do they come here? And the answer is, it's because there not getting the care that they need. In there own countries. And with medical expenses sky rocketing, most likely because of government regulations. Insurance companies will continue to drop out. And the only one left to step in will be big government. And if the progressives and liberals get there way, that's exactly the way it will go. And what quality there is, in the American system will be eroded away. Well thats enough of my ranting on medical expenses for now. I'm sure others will have more.