Life without Health Insurance: Jaime

My name is Jaime Fountaine and I’m 27 years old. My friends, who have worked service jobs and I all have this theory that you should have to work a service job for at least two years so that you know how to act in public. I’ve been working at the coffee shop for the last four-and-a-half years. I’ve never made more than 20-grand in a year. I… I don’t really have a plan. That’s not a great thing to have to admit to anybody, but that’s just not how my life has worked out since I graduated college. Every time I get sick I get, you know… If it can’t be fixed with like Advil, Nyquil, and like a good night’s sleep, I don’t really have a solution for it. I don’t… I don’t know what I would do if I got very ill or very injured. Honestly, I haven’t been to a doctor since my 11th grade physical. Between the things… all of the obligations I already have, like utilities, and rent, and you know, student loan payments… Within my budget, there’s no way I can afford healthcare. If something bad happened to me, if I were in an accident, or if I developed some kind of serious illness, there’s no possible way I could afford it. I don’t have that kind of savings. My savings would be gone in an instant. I have no plan. I can’t afford a plan.

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