“Can you take me to the emergency room, I’m experiencing shortness of breath.”The passenger feared he might be having a heart attack. It might have been a false alarm. Either way, he wanted to get to the hospital fast. So, he summoned an Uber. Rob, his Uber driver, will never know. But the Colorado-based Uber newbie has taken four different passengers (patients?) to the local hospital in recent weeks. “One with a broken arm. One with a suspected broken collarbone.
“Damned if you do, dial-up if you don’t.”That was the quote at the beginning of the Gotcha Capitalism Internet chapter in 2008. Ha! Below is an excerpt from the Internet fees chapter of the new edition of Gotcha, published this week. How does your Internet access — and your bill – compare to ten years ago? Tell me below. Internet time moves fast. Ten years ago, your main concern was probably how long it took to download a couple of songs from iTunes.
I wasn’t going to start this until next week, but this story is so important I’m jumping the gun. Today I begin 30 days of Gotchas, to show just how widespread and menacing this problem is. The series corresponds to the launch of the new edition of my book Gotcha Capitalism: How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day and What You Can Do About It. (It’s only $4.99 at Amazon)Today’s Gotcha is life threatening. What good is health insurance if there are no doctors to treat you?
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