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For love or insurance...

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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When Rabbi Craig Ezring's annual health insurance costs soared 38 percent this year to a whopping $18,636, he did more than just complain.

He went looking for a young wife.

For several years, the Boca Raton, Fla., rabbi had been getting coverage through a small corporation he formed with his wife. When she died four years ago, he thought the cost of his insurance coverage would drop. Instead it rose.

That's partly because Ezring, 56, had a heart bypass surgery a couple of years ago. Nonetheless, he said he's still quite healthy, and does ballroom and Latin dancing twice a week.

When he got his latest health insurance bill in August, Ezing said he almost had a heart attack.

 

An insurance broker told him his small business insurance rate is based on the age of the owner of the company. So, Ezring posted on his blog that he was looking for a younger woman who wouldn't mind marrying him to help him get cheaper coverage.

"Give some thought to the possibility of marrying me ... a good insurance plan is all I ask," he wrote. "Okay there maybe one or two other things I ask for, but sadly, right now insurance has become a top priority."

Ezring, a rabbi at several nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Florida, said he's had a few "comical offers" of marriage in response to his plea, including one asking if he wanted to move to South Carolina.

Ezring said his insurer, UnitedHealthcare, has been good to him: The company makes sure he gets services he needs and can see the doctors he wants. But with the latest rate hike, he feels like he's working mostly just to afford his health coverage. He's shopped for other policies, but other companies won't offer him coverage.

When told that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who vehemently opposes the federal health overhaul, is only paying about $400 a year for his state-subsidized health insurance, Ezring chuckled. "It would be lovely if everyone could pay that amount for really good insurance," he said.

 
Thoughts?
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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BleedinHeartMom
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:20 PM
That last papragraph says a lot...the pols are so out of touch with regular people...sickening
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rfurlongg
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:22 PM

 

Quoting BleedinHeartMom:

That last papragraph says a lot...the pols are so out of touch with regular people...sickening

 the last paragraph is really what caught my attention as well.

parrishsky
by Maxfield on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Interesting tidbit in that last paragraph, huh?

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I find in reading alot of posts and replies in here, that alot of CafeMom women have married for insurance. 

celestegood
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Yeah, that's very sad.  I had uhc too.  They kept increasing our rates and not paying.  We cancelled it.  I now have no insurance.

celestegood
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 7:28 PM

And I agree that the last paragraph got my attention.

lajoy
by Holly on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM

 He's a grown up, if he and another adult want to marry, I don't care about their reasons.

Let's just make sure we don't go letting those gays marry and ruin the definition of marriage. (sarcasm font needed)

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I always object to policies that encourage stupidity.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I find it sad that this man would reduce himself to marrying for health insurance.

Seems many people feel they must go this route.

I tend to agree with the other ladies regarding the last paragraph.

lajoy
by Holly on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:50 PM

 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I find it sad that this man would reduce himself to marrying for health insurance.

Seems many people feel they must go this route.

I tend to agree with the other ladies regarding the last paragraph.

 How many women have married or stay in bad marriages for financial reasons? At least this guy is being up front about it. Atthe same time, he is drawing attention to a situation that is common in our nation......Hmmmm.

 

 

"The woman wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her."~Naomi Wolf

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