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Congress Sequesters, Citizens Sweat It

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:29 PM

In an amazing amalgamation of timing, congressional sequestering and days of form filling out and faxing, I am medically insured as of March 1, 2013. Moreover, the cost of the policy is half that of the Kaiser system I walked away from last August -- $650 versus Kaiser's $1,200 monthly...

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Plenty O' Pain to Go Around

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 2:31 PM

It hurts, in more ways than one, to type this column.

Last August, I told Kaiser Permanente to permanently kiss my backside (see Oct. 15, 2012, "Going Rogue: Kiss It Kaiser") when they escalated my premiums from $400 a month to nearly $1,200 a month in a few short...

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Bitter About the Burden

(17) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 9:00 PM

My mother's wooden leg made her visit our neighborhood doctor every so often. Most never knew of the leg (lost in a farm accident at age 3), but when she wore a callous on the stump and needed some salve, she'd tote us five kids down the 1960s neighborhood street...

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What No One Tells You: The Shame

(8) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Audrey's got advanced degrees and owns a mental health care practice. We got together last week to drink some good red wine. Inevitably, last month's "Going Rogue: Kiss It, Kaiser" blog came up -- the one about how I snapped and politely told my health insurance carrier to kiss my...

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Going Rogue: Kiss It, Kaiser

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 5:20 PM

I am naked: I cancelled my medical insurance. I did this on purpose after seething for weeks over yet another 20 percent premium increase. I took a deep breath and sent what felt like a fatal email to the carrier: Cancel.

I kissed the $1,100-a-month insurance premium and its $80...

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