I am getting ready to depart the workforce and of course, lose the medical benefits, that, if you are lucky, came along with full time employment.
My wife's insurance through her work covers the family and with a couple of medical issues I have...I am thankful for that. I have a friend that went to part-time recently, lost her medical benefits, had a stroke and is now unable to work. She still has to pay almost $800/month in medical insurance out of a meager disability check. This person made six figures last year and in a matter of months, is now downsizing from a four bedroom home in a nice area to a two-bedroom duplex in a not-so-nice area and is applying for welfare.
I have had a great life and do not, for a moment, take for granted the good fortune I have to be covered by medical insurance, especially in my physical circumstances, that allows me the luxury of retiring with a dollar or two left over to enjoy life with.