So started a new job with a new company 2 weeks ago. My old company had Blue Cross. For me and y wife it was about $400/month with a high deductible. New company has United Healthcare and their rates ranged from $750-950/month for us two. Quite a jump but I did get about a $16,000 increase. After taxes maybe $9000 in my pocket. My insurance was going to go up about a minimum of $400/month so maybe $5000 left in my pocket after all that. Well got an email today from my company saying rates with the new plan will be substantially higher with our new plan that starts in 2 weeks. So there goes my $16,000 pay bump. A co-worker made the same move and got a $17,000 pay bump but needs whole family coverage. She said hers would be about $1500/month before the 'substantial' increase. She said even with this $17,000 pay bump she will barely bring home what she used to and with this 'substantial' increase she will likely bring home less. She is supposed to start with the new company Thursday and is already regretting it. On the flip side, wife has a few 'acquaintances' that do not work and get medicare and don't pay a penny. One just went today for some type of nerve test where she had a helmet on. Won't cost her a penny. This same girl dropped out of college because she was further ahead on welfare. I don't even go to the Dr when I have the flu because of how much it costs. Affordable Healthcare? Certainly not affordable for me. I pay more for healthcare than I do my mortgage...no joke Rant over!