The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01253

Submission Number:
01253
Commenter:
Marsha Kleiv
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Hi, I am a part time Airbnb Host. I love to have the freedom to live at the beach and don't believe I should have to sacrifice location and security for cost of rent. I already sublet one of the rooms in my bungalow, dorm style, to international students. I/we have always kept a futon and divider wall for friends and family who want to come visit us here at the beach. When we found out I was pregnant with twins, due end of July, I began seeking out the right doctor. It seems my medical plan has rejected 100% of my delivery expenses. I thought I was covered by Anthem Blue Cross EPO, but the specialist I need who specializes in delivering multiples is not in their network. I am on my own with a $10,000 bill to be paid prior to delivery. Regardless of this, I am happy to know I am in good hands with this doctor and his midwives, and wont be subjected to an automatic C-Section do to the fact that in the last 15 years doctors are no longer trained in multiples, breaches or use of forceps, not to mention the malpractice concerns. After interviewing several OBGYN's, not one could convince themselves, let alone me, that they had the skills needed. I was told to seek out an older doctor, who might have the training. In the end I decided to open up my guest area for travel guests. This extra compensation I have made from being a host, has helped so much with my extra medical bills. We have enjoyed hosting people from all over and have made some lifelong friends along the way. I have also used airbnb.com in some of my past travels. It is nice to know that the people renting on this site are registered and credible. Thank you, Marsha