File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 49

Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:54:16 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] this weekend

Happy Labor of Love Day?

Re the health insurance debate: we pay around $12,000 annually for our  
health insurance (family of four), which is about average, I think.   
It's a middling policy ($5000 deductible, no dental coverage, $20  
copay,etc.).  Not only is it far too expensive (I would much rather  
use some of that money to grow our business, save for college, save  
for retirement, etc.), but I really resent having to filter my  
family's health care through a for-profit company whose ultimate goals  
are clearly adversarial to ours.  Frankly, I'd rather pay the SAME  
amount into an inefficient government-run system; that way, at least  
I'd be saved the visions of fatcat CEO's pocketing our hard-earned  
pennies every time we forked over the premiums.

It truly is a mess, and I know there are no easy answers, but I  
absolutely do not understand the arguments that reform is not urgently  

This is an interesting take on the subject:

How do other puppeteers fare in the health insurance world?   
Presumably everyone buys their own health insurance?  Do your figures  
match ours?

Anne Schaefer

On Sep 4, 2009, at 11:20 AM, Hobey Ford wrote:

> Thanks Robert.  I am excited this weekend to be finishing shooting a
> music video with puppetry for the band "Arizona".  The nonverbal story
> is about a young woman finding a trunk of her grandmother's
> professional marionettes.  She finds a moth eaten marionette body and
> a photo album with pictures of her grandmother in the hayday of her
> career with the marionette and decides to restore it and bring it to
> the rest home to show her grandmother.  The story is inspired by my
> own daughter bringing home the trunks of Sue Hasting's marionettes
> that had sat in a storeroom at our state theater and were given to me
> in return for lending the theater a 30 ft dragon.  The moth eaten
> marionette in question was actually restored by Sue Hasting's younger
> cousin and brought to the hospital and shown to Sue the day before she
> died, so the story is loosely based on a true story.  My own daughter
> Louisa is coming home from college to shoot the final scenes with her
> own grandmother who won't have trouble tearing up for the scene.
> On another note my daughter Sallie Ford's band limped into LA in a tow
> truck pulling their 1980's tour van.  But she made it (thanks AAA for
> a 100 mile tow!) in time to open for the Avett Brothers at the Orpheum
> Theater Sat. night.  She just scored an agent too and is opening for
> Southern Culture on the Skids in Seattle.  It is wild to have a
> touring daughter, not with puppets but with music.  When you do what
> you love it isn't work. Happy Labor day!
> On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Robert
> Rogers<> wrote:
>> I hope that everyone has a stress-free, relaxing Labor Day weekend!
>> Robert Rogers
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