Gov: Sick Around America – part 1

   At its best, American health care can be very good. For Microsoft employee Mark and his wife Melinda, their employee health plan paid for medical bills that totaled between $500,000 and $1 million. But beyond large, high-wage employers like Microsoft, Frontline learns that available, affordable, adequate insurance is becoming hard to find. Small businesses face a very bleak outlook for finding and keeping coverage. Coverage is becoming more expensive and less comprehensive, with high deductibles, co-pays and coverage limits. Outside of employer-based health care plans, matters are even worse. Americans seeking insurance in the individual market must submit to medical underwriting, and if they have a pre-existing condition, they will likely be denied. For those Americans who find health coverage in the private market, there’s no guarantee it will protect them.

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