Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
"Tell you what, you stop this internal bleeding, I'll come over and wash your car for a year. How's that sound?"
"Hmm, I don't know, it's a 2009 Porsche...."
"Okay, look, I'm getting light-headed, I'll paint your house."
I did actually hear a real life story that was a lot like this. A woman got cancer and was immediately canceled by her insurance for a pre-existing she never had. To get treatment before her imminent death she actually did
barter with an oncologist to do car repairs in exchange for treatment. This is how she kept herself alive while undergoing chemotherapy and suing the insurer to get her coverage reinstated. They ultimately were forced to reinstate her but if she hadn't had a sympathetic oncologist she would be dead today because of their disgusting practices.
Tsudonym, the reason insurance companies were created in the first place was to create a big risk pool so that accidents or illnesses wouldn't wipe you out financially. You might think you're all fine and well without insurance and that you'll be able to barter away the hundreds of thousands of dollars you would incur if you ever got in an accident or got sick, but so far, if you look at the bankruptcy statistics of people who were insured
when their health suffered, I think you've got it all wrong. Also, you may not realize it but the majority of hospitals are forcing uninsured patients to sign credit agreements with big banks in order to be admitted, so not only would you be hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, it would be at the steep, arbitrary interest rates of the big banks.
Also, if you really believe what you're typing, I hope you will write a letter to the social security administration now telling them you want to opt out of social security and medicare when you reach 65.