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Good: Legs not so swollen up, can walk without limping. Still don't know what the heck I did to earn that.
Bad: I don't know if I should even ask a doctor about it.
Remember a few months back, when I was talking to new recruiters every day? Every time it was the same routine:
- They'd describe the job and ask what rate I'd expect.
- I'd say the rate would depend on whether or not I'd have to pay for health insurance.
- Most recruiters said "No insurance and oh my that's a high rate Merry."
- Some said "Welllll, we have a sort of reimbursement plan and oh my that's a high rate Merry."
- A rare few said "Oh yes, we offer health insurance and that rate is a bit high, but we can deal."
This job I'm at now, the conversation fell into the last category "but of course there's a waiting period." The waiting period is now up. And... they don't offer health insurance.
So I send them an email saying, essentially, "WTF?"
They sent back an email saying "let's chat." I was not interested in anything they had to say unless it was in writing, so I suggested email instead.
Now I get an email from them saying "Oh gosh! Turns out that when you first spoke to the recruiter we did offer health insurance, but by the time you got an offer from the company, we'd changed our policy. Still, since we're such nice people, we'll up your salary by an additional $300 a month so you can buy your own insurance."
Huh. Now I've got to sit down and figure out whether or not that's a good move. I'm not even sure I could get health insurance -- surely being overweight is a bad mark in the eyes of an insurance company?
Site du jour: Jennette Fulda wrote a post on insurance for the self-employed. I found it clear, comprehensive, and depressing. I think the best thing to do would be to marry a rich old man who had no close relatives. Preferably one who is Canadian.