So I'm checking out the paper, and here's an ad from one of our state's medical insurance companies about an Open Enrollment. Looks pretty good, too -- for the most part, they're accepting people with pre-existing conditions -- until I get to the chart that tells me how much it's gonna set me back. For me and my wife, in our age bracket, the premium would be $4,813.98. Quarterly. That's, uh, $19,255.92 a year. My hair is standing on end. At least at first. Because that's how much the company's HMO wants to charge. Then I turn the page and there's another ad for the company's traditional health plan. Under that one, my wife and I would be dunned for $8,409.33 quarterly. That's $33,637.32 annually. Well hell, folks, that's enough to kill you right there. I dunno, I guess this isn't news to those of you who are self-employed, but I was floored. This is getting to be more than out of control. I just hope that President Kerry takes a look at revisiting some form of universal health insurance.