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Old 10-23-2007, 08:53 AM   #1
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What to do about health insurance

Before I start posting elsewhere on the forum, I thought it wise to give a little introduction.

My name is Jonathan Pletzke. I am not in early retirement, but I left my "job-job" anyway to find something that better fits me. "I'm not retired, but it sure feels like it" is what I heard from a cookbook writer, and that's my goal.

One year ago, the COBRA continuation health insurance from my previous employer was due to run out, so I went to go shopping for health insurance. I had intended to put a chapter in a book about ways to "retire early" when you don't really have the financial resources to do so (i.e. when you can't live on 4% of your invested assets). A chapter was not enough, and I found it hard to get the hard facts on buying health insurance, so I put that project on hold. The result of the last year of research has been incorporated into a new book (not my first, that was in 1996 - any computer folks remember Smalltalk?). My new book is a guide for buyers of health insurance, including early-retirees and early-retiree wanna-bees, among others. My book is titled Get a Good Deal on Your Health Insurance Without Getting Ripped-Off.

I hope to be able to share what I have learned over the last year with folks in this community. I hope that you'll welcome me into your community, so that I can post and not just lurk on this forum.


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Old 10-23-2007, 01:05 PM   #2
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:40 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum Jonathan. For those of us "non-military" types who have to buy our own health insurance your knowledge on this subject will be very helpful. Looking forward to your future posts.
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:51 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Pletzke View Post
Before I start posting elsewhere on the forum, I thought it wise to give a little introduction.
Add my welcome to the others.

I suggest you do a search for "health insurance" for starters (most are in the Health and Early Retirement" forum). You might be surprised and pleased at the number and quality of many of those threads. Many are political, others are informative and more than a few are pretty creative.

Feel free to jump in and by all means don't limit yourself to one topic, even if it's one of your favorite topics.
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As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
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