Let’s be totally clear. I don’t expect this bill to pass the House and the Senate. At least not as it’s currently written. But, y’all should know what are the current thoughts. (I’m being generous here, since so many have no idea what’s in this bill, and that’s for representatives from BOTH parties. Note further that this was written on 2 November 2017.)
Today is the first day of the secular new year of 2016. Which means you probably are making sure you keep your New Year’s Resolutions. (I make my personal resolutions in September/October, when the Jewish New Year rolls around. My corporate KPI [key performance indicators] are evaluated three or four times a year to make sure we’re measuring the right things.)
We were working with a new client, helping to set up the systems and find the employees it will need to make the venture a success. During one of the discussions on direction and attitude, the client voiced that our Jewish values were truly helpful. I, for one, did not consider these to be innately Jewish- especially since my business partner of decades agreed with these “credos”- and he is a Southern Baptist. Moreover, I believe every person and company (every company is really a collection of individuals with a common mission) needs to espouse values or credos such as these to succeed. It has nothing to do with one’s religion.
So, it’s the day after Easter and now Chol Hamoed Pesach (the intermediate days, where work is permitted). “So what?”, you say.
Yesterday, we discussed indemnity, catastrophic, and conventional health care plans. One of the primary reasons to have a health care plan is to be able to get lower prices for each service that may be needed. Without such a plan, you pay what the provider wants- or get sued. The difference in pricing can be 90%. It is routine for me to see an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) detailing a bill that came in as $ 7244, was considered to be $ 1200 once reduced by my insurance carrier, and for my share of the costs to be only $ 50 or so.