Gail Fulbeck, 64, relies on her body for work. She hauls soda, energy drinks, snacks and water to the 23 vending machines she owns around downtown Sacramento.
The physical demands of her job, coupled with her husband’s history of migraines and bad knees, make health insurance essential.
Last year, Fulbeck and her husband paid a monthly insurance premium of $2,555.
Starting Jan. 1 of this year, the couple’s premium for a nearly identical plan totaled $165. It was, she said, almost unbelievable.