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We all have pre-existing conditions now
San Francisco Chronicle

Monday I spoke with a freelance journalist who made $98,000 last year — she writes for trade publications. I was a little surprised when she told me that she felt that Obamacare premiums — $3,600 for her alone or $7,200 for her husband — was too expensive and she would rather pay a fine. She and her husband are both 51, he smokes. The premiums seem reasonable and within reach given their income to me, but she’s not so sure. (She lives in a rural county. If she lived in Alameda, her premiums would be $2,000 higher.)