In 2016, award-winning Wisconsin blogger, Maureen, and her family went through a challenging time. Her husband was laid off from the job he’d held for over 20 years.

While the couple had saved months of living expenses, there was one thing they hadn’t factored in: that their health insurance premiums would literally shoot up 800% without the employer contribution.

She writes:

“I wish I was exaggerating for effect, but I’m not. We quickly calculated that we were going to be burning through our savings a lot more quickly than we had anticipated.

When my husband did land a job again, the only plan offered was a high deductible option and the company only paid half of the premium. Add in that he had taken a significant pay cut and we were really feeling stressed about our healthcare costs.

For the first time, I was actually taking cost into account when deciding whether to make a doctor’s appointment or not. For the first time, I was seeing first hand how broken the healthcare system is in this country. We realized that just one significant health crisis could ruin us financially.”

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No, it’s not time to vote – yet. Usually I focus on the positive here, but I’m getting pretty real about a scary time in our lives because it’s important and it needs to be talked about. #ad While I’m smiling in this picture, it’s from 2016 and I was really concerned about some massive changes that were happening in our lives. My husband was laid off from his job of 20+ years. While we had listened to the “experts” and saved many months of living expenses, we had not factored in the fact that our health insurance premium was going to shoot up 800% without the employer contribution. (I wish I was exaggerating for effect, but I’m not.) We quickly calculated that we were going to be burning through our savings a lot more quickly that we had anticipated. When my husband did land a job again, the only plan offered was a high deductible option and the company only paid half of the premium. Add in that he had taken a significant pay cut and we were really feeling stressed about our healthcare costs. For the first time, I was actually taking cost into account when deciding whether to make a doctor’s appointment or not. For the first time, I was seeing first hand how broken the healthcare system is in this country. We realized that just one significant health crisis could ruin us financially. So, if you also feel that people should not have to choose between paying their everyday bills and receiving quality healthcare or that a cancer diagnosis shouldn’t mean bancrupcy, get angry. Sit with that feeling for a few minutes and then vow to do something. Do your research – see what each candidate is saying about their position on healthcare. (Go to sites like FamilyFriendlyWisconsin.org for more information.) Then vote! #healthcare #2020Election #healthcarecrisis Paid for by Sixteen Thirty Fund

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