I qualify as lower middle class. And yes, I pay 9600 / year for the basic insurance, plus the first 1500 for me, the first 1500 for my wife, and 10% for the children. And, so it is clear, this is a "normal" rate that every family of 4 is expected to pay.
I live and work in Switzerland, so I know first hand what the system is and how it works.
My family of 4 pays over 800 CHF / month. We can only see our predesignated doctor - he can then “transfer” us to a specialist. If you want “choice”, that costs more. We chose a higher deductible to reduce the premiums. The lowest would cost us well north of 1000 CHF / month.
An average wage here is 6000 CHF / month before taxes. After social insurances are removed - roughly 5k. Taxes are not deducted, you must do that yourself - 10% is about right, so now we are at 4k.
My insurance premiums have risen every year for the last 7 by close to 100% - it is hard to say exactly because I increased deductibles to lower the rate.
They call it a “market” - but since the government says exactly what the insurers must cover and how much they can charge (they even dictate the allowed deductibles) - it becomes moot that I can “choose” an insurer.
Oh, and “pre-existing” conditions are NOT covered if you choose to change insurers. Several years ago I renegotiated our coverage within the same insurance “group” (several insurers under one big blanket) - they denied coverage of an ailment that my oldest had been treated for.
This is for basic health care only. My wife and I have 1500 CHF deductibles (each) and must pay 10% thereafter. For my Children I always pay 10%.
Most people here would rather have a system where they insure the risk they do not want to assume themselves. Except of course, the one that sponge .....
I doubt she pays US taxes. She is required to file taxes each and every year - regardless of where she lives / works (I'm an expat in Switzerland so I know). She can face severe fines and penalties for failing to do so. This can prove difficult when she married and her spouse also has income AND he is not a US Citizen or Green Card holder. His income is not taxable. If they own property it gets worse. She will likely need to pay SS Taxes as well. She will also not beneifit from being a citizen of the UK as far as the banks are concerned - she will have the same draconian problems that every other expat has.
Well, I do agree that he should be ignoring the courts and doing what the law clearly says he is allowed to do. We elected him BECAUSE he was going to break the china! Right now, he seems to be a very careful bull.
Well gee, you would think a savvy business man would understand the risks he is taking by keeping such properties and would act in his own best interest. Therefore, I conclude, that the risk is little to none.
watching the GOP propose one stupid action after another and basically imploding whenever they even get a scent of power.
Did it ever occur to you that there are a myriad of ways to round up these children, and not all of them lend themselves to bad TV?
So how do you THINK the MSM will portray the idea - "Round up and hand over" - that we want to send them to the auditorium with cake and ice cream?
This is just one of many idiotic things that the GOP publically announces that reinforce the MSM narrative. Why do we insist upon feeding it?
BTW - how often are we going to round these kids up? Every year or so just to be sure? Are we going to force people to carry their papers at all times? Why stop with language - after all, I can speak perfect english and still be in the US illegally.
How many citizens have "proof" that they truely are citizens (i.e. can produce a birth certificate or other document in a timely manner)? Mine was "lost" for many years. I didn't know that until it came time to get a Passport. It was never required.