Susan Reardon, 61, of Kalamazoo, Mich., said she was leaning toward going uninsured this year. She calculated that she would have to spend more than $12,000, including premiums of nearly $500 a month and a $6,850 deductible, to get anything beyond preventive benefits from the cheapest exchange plan available to her.
Ms. Reardon, whose husband is old enough to be covered by Medicare, said she would rather pay out of pocket for the drugs she takes for fibromyalgiaand the handful of doctor appointments she tends to need each year.
If something catastrophic happens, she said, “I feel like it’s better just to die.”
As for the tax penalty, which could approach $1,500 for her?
“Come and get me,” Ms. Reardon said.