Sunday, October 24, 2004

Family does without, praying they'll get by



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Tommie Barnes Jr. searched for affordable family health insurance but came up short. Barnes and his wife and two children are doing without.
When Thriftway closed its grocery stores in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky last month and Tommie Barnes Jr.'s wife lost her manager's job, her family lost its health insurance, too.

"We looked into getting a new policy," said Barnes, owner of Barnes Barber Shop on Woodburn Avenue, an Evanston institution since it was opened by his father in 1958. "It's $500 to $600 a month. I can't afford that. I don't know how anybody can afford that."

He and family members spent about four hours surfing the Web for an affordable policy. They came up short.

So Barnes, his wife and two children are living without health insurance and praying that nobody needs medical care anytime soon. At least until Chandrika finds a new job.

"Maybe she'll get something that includes insurance," Barnes said.




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