…and you still get hosed by the U.S. healthcare system. I recently switched jobs (this is a good thing), and the joys of our wonderful healthcare system become so apparent.
Basically, I have to pay far more than I otherwise would to not allow a gap in my coverage (i.e., fork over the bucks to pick up a month of COBRA)*, even though:
- My new job pays more than the old one; this isn’t financial desperation–I’m actually doing what one is supposed to do in a capitalist society.
- I was ‘unemployed’** for only five business days.
- I will actually keep the same healthcare plan.
What’s even more ridiculous is that I’ve had to busy work, my former employer has had to busy work, I will have re-enroll for healthcare, and my new employer will have to enroll me, even though I will not have changed the healthcare plan I will receive. Keep in mind that I’m the best-case scenario: many people, I realize, simply go without healthcare, which is far more serious than paperwork hassles. I have no idea if this is economically efficient (I can’t see how it could be), but it sure as hell isn’t societally effective.
This is no way to run an empire.
*Alternatively, I could have worn a suit of armor and a crash helmet, but then I would have looked even dorkier than usual.
**I would have said something like ‘transitioning’, but, unfortunately, that’s become a euphimism among the professional set for unemployed. The point is, however, I wasn’t looking for work; I had a good job lined up. What else was I supposed to do?