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5/9/2014
Posted by rob
"I am really struggling. After food and housing and a few necessities my income basically goes to health insurance and health care." My health insurance premium jumped up 15.6% over the first three months of this year, on top of a 346% increase from 2005 to 2012. At the same time my deductible has jumped from $1,000 in 2005 to $6,000 now...
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5/8/2014
Posted by rob
"For me, paying $260 per month for something I almost never use, plus having to pay $4,500 before coverage kicks in, and 100% of out-of-network care is like not having insurance at all." I am 43, an athlete, healthy, with no medical problems. I don’t use my insurance much and live on a pretty tight budget. Despite the fact that I...
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5/1/2014
Posted by rob
My name is Jennifer Tracy, and I am the Executive Director of the San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC).  SDHC was founded in 2007 with the mission to reduce hunger and food insecurity in San Diego.  Between 2007 and 2011, the number of households relying on the help of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) to put food on their tables has...
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6/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
I’ve been self-employed for 20 years, but went back to school about five years ago and switched from marketing to interior design. I also sell my own art. The recession clobbered me just as I was getting started. If I hadn’t been frugal when times were better and saved a pretty good nest egg, I wouldn’t be able to pay for my...
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5/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
My health insurance policy with Anthem Blue Cross has gotten so unaffordable that I seriously think about dropping it because it’s now draining my savings. I have nothing left for unexpected expenses, much less for pleasure. Between July 2010 and May 2012, the premium for my Anthem Blue Cross HMO Select plan went from $391 a month to $...
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4/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
(Updated 2/4/13) I am 55-plus. I’ve never wanted to be 65, but Medicare can’t come soon enough. My Blue Cross premium keeps spiraling upward yet I’m working fewer days and my income is down. I keep having to change policies--higher deductibles, more copays, less coverage--to afford it. Now it’s just backup in case of a...
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4/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
I’ve been without health insurance for two months now. I’m just crossing my fingers and trying to stay optimistic. The last straw was when Blue Shield raised my PPO this spring from $732 a month to $931, beyond what I can afford. No other insurance company will sell me a policy because of pre-existing conditions. I’m...
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3/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Before my husband Steve started our restaurant 31 years ago, he worked as a dishwasher and in every other kind of food service job. He saw up close the struggle of employees who couldn’t take care of their families. They couldn’t pay a doctor to see a sick child, much less go to a hospital. So when Steve and his partners opened Tulsa...
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3/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
My husband Mark and I had always wanted to be able to bring our dogs to work, and be in business for ourselves. We realized that goal in 1997, after saving hard from our day jobs. Our dog and cat “pet camps” have given us fulfilling and happy work. Dogs having an outdoor play party are the definition of joy. Dealing with small...
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3/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
As a landscape and garden designer, I’m self-employed in a job that is tremendously satisfying. I get to oversee everything from the first sketch to the last wall curve, paving stone and climate-perfect shrub. But as with most small businesses in California, the sick economy of the last 5 years has affected my company, Derviss Design....