As I predicted, two little envelopes arrived from Blue Cross this week, announcing what the health insurance rates would be for me and Branden this year: a whopping $1200 more than they were last year! Costs have increased every year since I’ve been self-insured, but this jump is particularly phenomenal, especially since my coverage is so minimal. Branden and I together have a collective deductible of $14,000–in other words this is catastrophic insurance only, a privilege for which we must pay more than $4000 each year. My Oregon senator, Ron Wyden, has a pretty good health care initiative, which I’m praying the health care lobbyists don’t send to oblivion. I’m not sure I’ll be able to afford my health insurance premiums when they increase again next year.
About Dana Gerhardt
A popular columnist with The Mountain Astrologer since 1991, Dana Gerhardt is an internationally respected astrologer. She has lectured extensively and written for astrology publications on several continents. Her ongoing passions are the moon and living the intuitive life. Dana worked for many years in the corporate sector, where she observed the undeniable influence of natural cycles. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and did graduate work in literature at Columbia University and CSULA. Dana can be contacted by email.