"Proconsul" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]... > > "Wes Groleau" <[email protected]> wrote in > message news:[email protected]... > | Jonathan Smith wrote: > | > The system works well BECAUSE it is NOT single payer. > | > In the US, the poor are not excluded. The unemployed > | > are not excluded either - there is COBRA. > | > | COBRA ?!? Yes, when I was laid off, I was offered the > | chance to maintain substantially the same coverage for > | about thirteen hundred dollars a month. What an offer! > | For a little bit less than the income I _no_longer_have_ > | I can keep a plan that pays 80% of my medical bills. And > | I get to keep it for eighteen months. (Meaning that IF I > | had been able to afford it, it would be ending two > | months from now.) > > One wonders when/how that could be. I used COBRA between > jobs - cost about $125/month....pretty reasonable..... > > PC > > The average for an adult in the USA is over $500 a month. For a family, $700.