Thursday, November 27, 2014


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 38 Sunny High 82) 

First of all Happy Thanksgiving to all! Hope everyone is safe and enjoying the holiday. We are thankful for all of our family and friends and the fact that we can tour this great country and enjoy the wonderful scenery like this from our visit to Yosemite.

Bob has been tearing out his hair recently researching Obamacare. He was one of many that lost his insurance because of Obamacare and after his experience it should be called the "Unaffordable Care Act", at least for us. He is not old enough for Medicare, who thought the day would come when you were looking forward to Medicare?

Here are the cold hard numbers, premiums went up 80% over what he was paying for retiree coverage. That premium is now about 1/3 of his pension. The deductible and out of pocket maximum are both higher. We think this change will easily double what we were paying before after you add in the higher deductible and out of pocket expenses. The only good news is that he signed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas which we know is a good company.

Finally, we got some feedback that our description of the great horned gremlin that was causing our trailer brake problem might need some better explanation. Here is hopefully a better picture.

Here is hopefully a better description. The above is a picture of the brake wire that was cut out. The plastic insulation on the wire was peeled back forming the horns by the wire rubbing against the grommet that it ran through into the frame. As we bounced along the rubbing exposed the bare copper, you may have to zoom in to see the exposed copper, which then shorted out occasionally. If you click on the photo it should become bigger. We think this great horned gremlin was the problem with the trailer wiring.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo


  1. What havoc a little horned gremlin can cause. Hope your worries are a thing of the past.
    Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. vI'm sorry Obamacare is not good for you. Before I reached 65 three years ago I was paying $1400 a month as an individual for a Kaiser HMO. Why so much? no one else would cover me because I had had breast cancer. At least now people with pre existing conditions can get some coverage even if it is at an outrageous price. Kaiser would not have taken me either but we were able to get in as a small business vbefore Craig retired. It was when I became an individual they still had to cover me, but the preimum was that high. Insurance is a business. They make profit. The AFA may help some I hope.

  3. We got our first warning about this problem when way back....none of the Congressmen and Women would read it or if they did, they would not tell us what was in it. The least thing it is about is health care.....THAT is the scary part and just the beginning of a dreadful story.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! Since I am on Medicare care now, I have not had to deal with the Obama-care issues. However, the latest flap over Gruber and the revelations that it was made intentionally impossible to understand so they could blow it by the stupid voters, makes me wonder if the inmates are not running the asylum:(