I was dusting the living room, watching MSNBC. The Skimmer came home from running errands.
"I'm glad you were gone and didn't just hear what I heard. Your head would have exploded! There was some woman from Money Magazine on and she was talking about what all is going to happen with health care next year. Premiums are going to increase 25% in 2010! The average family will be paying $4,000 a year! And guess what else?! Co-pays are on their way out. Know what I mean? The $20 you pay upfront? They're phasing those out and you're gonna have to pay 20 - 30% of the total services up front! 20 - 30% of the total! Who's gonna be able to afford that? What is going on is going on in this country? What?! You know why she said they're going to start doing that? So we all become aware of pricing. Now we have to pay for awareness. Now no one's going to go to the doctor. No one! I can't stand it anymore. I can't take it!"
"Turn that off. Turn it off! Stop watching it. It's going to give you a heart attack. And we can't afford that right now."