Hugh Hewitt interviews Sarah Palin:Transcript
on his blog. Excerpt: (emp add)
HH: Governor, you mentioned the people who are struggling right now. Have you and your husband, Todd, ever faced tough economic times where you had to sit around a kitchen table and make tough choices?
SP: Oh my goodness, yes, Hugh. I know what Americans are going through. Todd and I, heck, we’re going through that right now even as we speak, which may put me again kind of on the outs of those Washington elite who don’t like the idea of just an everyday working class American running for such an office.
But yeah, there’s been a lot of times that Todd and I have had to figure out how we were going to pay for health insurance. We’ve gone through periods of our life here with paying out of pocket for health coverage until Todd and I both landed a couple of good union jobs.
Early on in our marriage, we didn’t have health insurance, and we had to either make the choice of paying out of pocket for catastrophic coverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would get hurt, nobody would get sick.
UPDATE: Of course, "good union jobs" typically means:
- Employer-paid health care.
- Defined pensions, managed by professionals.
- Wage and job security, which includes support for protectionist trade policies.
Republicans, like John McCain, prefer:
- Scrapping employer-paid health coverage.
- You're on your own retirement plans (401K).
Insurance is certainly a great invention, but privately is very expensive, ill dearly