2 of 9
BACKNEXT
Chuck Lewis: Self employed
Chuck Lewis: Self employed
Chuck Lewis, 62, lives in Port Townsend, Wash.
What I pay: $1,002 per month
Deductible: $5,000 per person
Insurer: Blue Cross Blue Shield

I'm self-employed, so I buy my own health insurance. I cover myself and my wife, and I think we have pretty good coverage -- a lot of people I know have the same. We've had the policy for about 10 years now, and our premium started out below $500. We want to switch to a cheaper policy but can't because I have low platelets which is seen as a preexisting condition.

Since I have a high deductible, I end up paying for everything myself anyway, and I buy the medical treatments that I think are necessary, but that seems so outrageous. Sometimes they deny me coverage I need and other times they want to send me stuff that's covered that I don't need, like a sleep apnea machine.

What I want fixed: I'm for the public option because there are so many uninsured people and it would put pressure on insurance companies. Because of their profit motives, insurance companies have a direct conflict with what's best for me and benefit from denying coverage to me and so many others.

NEXT: Brian Kelly: Small business owner

Last updated October 15 2009: 6:29 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Want to buy -- and live in -- a piece of history? It's not that far out of reach. These historic homes are not only for sale, they are incredible bargains. More
5 ways retailers are tracking you If you think pesky salespeople are invading your personal space, check out these 5 technologies that are tracking your movements throughout a store. More
Moto X vs. Droid Turbo: Which Droid should you buy? Motorola has made the two best Android smartphones this year. Here's how they stack up. More

Special Offer

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.