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Cancel my Sears credit card and bring on the public option

Cancel my Sears credit card and bring on the public option

Ok. I've had it. Given CMS's problems running Medicare, I was a little bit skeptical (and I still am) of the government's ability to run a public option program as part of healthcare reform. But now I think the public option is the lesser of two evils. Somebody has to keep the insurance companies honest.

I say that because Aetna, the insurance company we use here at HME News, just informed us that the cost of our healthcare insurance will increase 37% in 2010.


Let me say that again: 37%. Is that a rip off, or what?

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This got under my skin a little more than it might have because Sears recently charged me a $39 penalty (my payment arrived two days late) on my credit card's $80 balance. That's a 49% penalty.

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This is outrageous. What kind of country allows health care premiums to jump 37% a year, and then turns a blind eye as credit card companies stick people with this kind of penalty for such a minor infraction? A country that care's more about special interests than it does about real people, that's what kind.

Before I called Sears to complain, I waited a few days to cool down. When I did call, a pleasant gentleman named Coleman answered and momentarily disarmed me. I told Coleman that I was at fault, and that a penalty was warranted, say $10, but not $39 on an $80 balance. That's crazy.

Barbie Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends film Say no more. Coleman waived the $39 penalty without a fight. In fact, he waved it with such ease that I figured I was not the first to call with this complaint.

Coleman then informed me, in his soft pleasant voice, that my next payment was due in two days and asked if I wanted to pay it by phone.

Sure, I said. Don't want to risk another late fee. This guy is very polite, I thought.

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Okay. There will be a $14 fee to pay by phone.

I almost choked. Coleman! $14? Forget it.

I'll wrap this up by saying again that I've had it. Bring on the public option, and Coleman, please cancel my Sears credit card.

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