First things first! Meredith M is our winner of the Mulderbosch Rose – CONGRATS to you Meredith! Thank you to all for entering. And remember, magnets will be mailed out so everyone wins a little something.
Alright everyone – Happy Friday! Let’s talk….politics? Say what you will, I think we can all agree there is a lot going on with our nation’s healthcare.
To be honest, this is something I normally wouldn’t know anything about. I’ll admit it, I don’t watch or read the news – I’m pretty oblivious. Anything major that happens I am one to find out a day or so later or via text from my mom.Yet healthcare is a bit different as it’s what M does.
I remember when the election rolled around. M wasn’t sure which candidate would be best for his company, a software and services company that powers online insurance marketplaces.
Obama won, and M’s phone hasn’t really stopped ringing since.
See, states have a deadline by this fall to get their ducks in a row. Each state will be responsible for launching an insurance marketplace (health insurance exchange) for individuals who qualify for public assistance and small employers.
Totally confused by it all? Me too. Here is a helpful note from M:
The immediate impact will be negligible for people who currently get health insurance from large employers. Individuals who can’t qualify for health insurance through their employer and are therefore subject to underwriting which prevents them from getting health insurance if they have health issues (or the premiums are jacked up) will have access to guaranteed issue more affordable coverage directly through the state exchanges. Small employers who struggle to offer health insurance to their employees but need to in order to compete with large employers will have the option to join health insurance exchanges through which they will be able to contribute a flat dollar amount per employee per month and give their employees access to a wide selection of health insurance plans. Employees will be able to decide how much money they want to purchase a plan with a palatable deductible or that covers their doctors, while in the current pre-2014 market, small employers typically pick a single plan to offer all of their employees.
Did you have to read it twice? Me too. Have a specific question? Leave it below and M will be sure to answer. Alright, back to the story.
His company already has the small employer exchange Utah, and he was working diligently on Connecticut.
It was around 11AM on a Thursday that I got the call – he won CT. Dinner changed immediately to filets. Food is wonderful that way, isn’t it? Important to celebrate these things.
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- Make sure your filets are room temperature. Ours sat on the counter for about 2 hours prior to cooking.
- Mix together good salt and pepper, a bit heavier on the pepper and season the steak on all sides.
- Preheat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Melt the butter and olive oil. Sear the steaks for roughly 1-2 minutes on all sides.
- Put the skillet in the hot oven for an additional 7-9 minutes for medium rare. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before enjoying.
- Obviously, if you prefer medium, up the cooking time in the oven by a few minutes.
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Ahhh healthcare….it’s my favorite go-to Friday discussion over a glass of Pinot…am I right? It IS the core of my “real” job so unfortunately I actually understood everything M wrote. Don’t worry….the smarts will wear off by noon today….ha!
sounds delish! I’m drooling!
I am in grad school classes for public health, hoping to get a job in healthcare (soon!) so I did understand M’s note. 😉
Congrats to M!
Healthcare. A subject near and dear to my heart. I spent almost 20 years in insurance and employee benefits before throwing my hands in the air and walking away Lol. Nah, I just knew I’d much rather work for myself.
Last year my son incurred almost half a million dollars in medical bills. He was 21 at the time, and no longer a student, so without healthcare reform he wouldn’t even have been covered by our insurance. Everything we’ve been through in the last year has definitely impacted how I feel about the new and coming changes.
Have I ever mentioned I’m a vegetarian? But those steaks? They look yummy! 🙂