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06/08/2009

Slate reporter June Thomas blogs about Sonia Sotamayor's $15,000 bill for her dentist. While some members of the media have been atwitter over this expense, Thomas suggests the only thing unusual is that Sotomayor's dentist allowed her to run up a tab:

[I]t's pretty easy to spend $15,000 on dental treatment. Dental plans generally cover between 50 percent to 80 percent of restorative treatments (crowns, etc.), and most plans have an annual reimbursement cap of around $1,500-$2,000. If you need something more than a cleaning or a filling, you're going to be digging into your own pocket, whatever kind of coverage you have....If there's anything surprising here, it's that the dentist allowed Sotomayor to run a tab that big. Most practices would require cash-or credit card-on the nail. So


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