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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Down by health

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 6:46 AM

NY Times examines the plight of working people bankrupted by medical bills. One story:

Jodie and Charlie Mullins of Dickson, Tenn., were making ends meet on his patrolman’s salary until she developed debilitating back pain that required spinal surgery and forced her to quit nursing school. As with many medical bankruptcies, they had health insurance but their policy had a $3,000 deductible and, to their surprise, covered only 80 percent of their costs.

“I always promised myself that if I ever got in trouble, I’d work two jobs to get out of it,” said Mr. Mullins, a 16-year veteran of the Dickson police force. “But it gets to the point where two or three or four jobs wouldn’t take care of it. The bills just were out of sight.”

If only we had tort reform, Republicans would say, the Mullins would have been fine.


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