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Old 06-17-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I'm sure this is like opening a hornets nest but are there public healthcare options in New Orleans? I don't mean like clinics and such but actual programs that allow people without regular insurance to still use normal doctors and whatnot. For instance, if you work in San Francisco and don't have insurance, your company has to put $2/hour into an account that you can use for any medical expenses throughout the year. I can't imagine things like this exist in other parts of the country but it doesn't hurt to ask, right?
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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Wow, I'm moving to SFO. Lol. No, but seriously, this is one of the many reasons it is so expensive to live there.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:01 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Wow, I'm moving to SFO. Lol. No, but seriously, this is one of the many reasons it is so expensive to live there.
It's expensive but perfectly doable for anyone with a job. I have the same job that I had when I lived in NYC and I couldn't afford to stay in that city while I could remain here indefinitely. It's a very stable place because of all the social programs they have goin' on. I only pay $300/year for car insurance because of my income, I have essentially free healthcare, and I work on minimum wage plus commission which means I even get paid at least $2/hour more than I would anywhere else in the country for doing the same job (highest minimum wage in the country at $10.24/hour, which goes up every year because it's tied to inflation).

The problem is getting a job in the first place. One of my roommates has been looking for some three months now and that's not unusual. There's so much protection for workers that no one ever gets fired and the cost of doing business means most places are unlikely to be able to afford to increase their staff size.

Oddly, it seems like I'll have almost the same standard of living in NOLA as I can't seem to find rent in a decent area for any cheaper than what I pay now (unless I go for roommates again), utilities will most certainly be higher since air/heat are completely unnecessary in SF, and apparently I'll have to pay for health insurance. I'll probably have to eventually switch my car insurance over too. I'm half thinking of getting one of those crazy cheap apartments in Treme and just calling it a day, worrying about my safety after the fact.
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I think he may have been talking about living in New Orleans. I pay $1400 a year for car insurance, with all kinds of discounts- with progressive. That's down from the original $3200 ! a year, and I am accident free, don't drive a fancy car, etc...
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: In the city
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It's expensive but perfectly doable for anyone with a job. I have the same job that I had when I lived in NYC and I couldn't afford to stay in that city while I could remain here indefinitely. It's a very stable place because of all the social programs they have goin' on. I only pay $300/year for car insurance because of my income, I have essentially free healthcare, and I work on minimum wage plus commission which means I even get paid at least $2/hour more than I would anywhere else in the country for doing the same job (highest minimum wage in the country at $10.24/hour, which goes up every year because it's tied to inflation).

The problem is getting a job in the first place. One of my roommates has been looking for some three months now and that's not unusual. There's so much protection for workers that no one ever gets fired and the cost of doing business means most places are unlikely to be able to afford to increase their staff size.

Oddly, it seems like I'll have almost the same standard of living in NOLA as I can't seem to find rent in a decent area for any cheaper than what I pay now (unless I go for roommates again), utilities will most certainly be higher since air/heat are completely unnecessary in SF, and apparently I'll have to pay for health insurance. I'll probably have to eventually switch my car insurance over too. I'm half thinking of getting one of those crazy cheap apartments in Treme and just calling it a day, worrying about my safety after the fact.
Not to be rude, but why are you leaving? Sounds like you got it all sewn up in SF.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Not to be rude, but why are you leaving? Sounds like you got it all sewn up in SF.
For school. And, as much as I love SF, I want to experience more of the country and New Orleans sounds right up my alley.
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