We are two for two, folks. Yesterday, two days after we took the plunge to buy a new car, The Husband got laid off. Yeah. This economy is about as crap-tastic as it gets. Our entire household has been laid off in a little over two months. I am kicking myself for agreeing to buy the car, but I can't change it now. It's not a manufacturer offering the "return your car if you get canned" so I'll save you the commenting effort recommending we return the car. We can't. What is even more ass-tastic is that my company is praying to the gods that we get wired our funding so we can make payroll this Friday.
Anyone who says the economy mess is just "hype" is seriously misinformed and delusional. Again, if you aren't already sick of hearing it, I have to give props to Obama. The Husband's layoff has the added bonus of leaving us dependent on COBRA coverage. Yeah. Don't have the numbers yet but generally, family coverage runs about $800-$1000 per month, and given insurance companies have rejected me twice for trivial things, it's very likely we can't go for individual coverage. Part of the Obama stimulus plan is for 9 months, the federal goverment will cover 65% of premiums. We will pay 35% - so likely somewhere around $300-$400 per month. Not ideal, but certainly doable. Provided I don't also end up unemployed again.
I gotta say, so far, 2009 has really sucked.