I read the othe day, ( WSJ?) that the average person is now paying about $1200/year more in health insurance. The paper suggests that the additional cost is for those with kids ( children)....so that they can be covered by insurance up to the age of 26 years.
Eveyone , with/with kids, retired/working, young/old is being affected.
I took out a high deductible policy and have only been charged for a few lab tests, that weren't performed during the annual physical. The charge for the tech to draw about a 1 ml of blood into a single vial was $11. The total test was $50 and I had to pay $9.00 total.
People without medicare, medigap,private insurance are suffering. Some folks in Massachusetts seem to be sharing each other's health insurance cards, since several health care facilities now require that you present a photo ID when receiving medical care, except in the ER.