I believe federal employees are the most blessed workers compared to the rest of the United States in regards to pay, days off, health insurance, etc. You have to keep in mind that I am trying to live the American dream and both my husband and I are self employed. After taxes we made approximately $35,000 together and had to pay $1700 per month for insurance. If we don't work, we don't get paid. Now, we are forced to use one insurance company that does not include our doctors. They are the only insurance company left in Iowa for those who are self employed. I'm living with Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma Cancer and my husband is living with heart failure. This is a very scary time for us. Please, if you are blessed enough to have great health insurance and make a decent wage, I hope you realize how unbelievably blessed you. Your life can change in an instant.