Mick, who did not wish to give his last name, is 33, and has lived in the U.S. for the past six years. He chose the entrepreneurial route, setting up a computer programming company with three other men. None of them have health insurance.
When Mick broke a bone in his foot two years ago, he went to the emergency room. He already knew it was broken, and the doctors didn’t do much to help him.
“They X-rayed my foot and gave me a wooden crutch,” he says.
Two years later, he’s still getting bills. “Added together it’s about $2,000,” he says. “That was the last time I went to the emergency room. I won’t be going again – unless I really have to.”
Mick would like to have coverage. “I would love to provide all the benefits for me and the other guys,” he says. “But I have looked into it. It’s not possible, we’re not making that much money.”