health insurance companies don't care who you voted for

Just a couple of weeks ago, my Dad went to pick up his eye drops for glaucoma, and instead of the $4. he expected, he was told the tiny bottle would cost $72. Almost 20 years ago he retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co, and thought he had health coverage for life. Nope. He's reached his lifetime max, so now all he has is Medicare, which will cover 80% of allowable cost. So, 20+ % of the next hospitalization bill will undoubtedly cost thousands of dollars.
The irony here is that for the past 35 years, he's been a big fan of big corporations and a staunch Republican. Funny, the insurance company didn't consider that when they cut him off. Imagine his humiliation at having to "suck at the government teat" with all those welfare queens he bitches about.
I took him to see a nice Black lady at a State-run office that assists the elderly, and she helped us find him a good drug insurance plan. Next we will work on getting him 'medigap' insurance. He was very quiet all the way home.
I wish those who support a radical change in American health care would point out that the insurance companies are doing an excellent job of dumping costs on the taxpayer. They are the ones making the life-and-death decisions, based on profit, so how could a government-run system be any worse or more expensive?
PS: Willing to marry Canadian gentleman, age 52-60. Must like cats.

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Comment by Prog Rock Girl on December 27, 2010 at 10:00am

I remember cleaning house for an elderly lady who got to complaining about Obama's socialism, the horror of "socialized" healthcare, etc. "What do you know about his health plan?" she asked. "I know I don't have health insurance," I said. She also said FDR was a "goddamn socialist", despite reaping the benefits of social security. Either people like this don't realize their hypocrisy, or are afraid that other people might take away what they have.


Comment by BILL J HOLLOWAY on December 27, 2010 at 9:43am

Juliet, I enjoyed the story about your dad's health insurance and had to laugh out loud at your PS:

The fact that you are willing to marry (not would like to meet?) a Canadian gentleman of a certain age that likes cats I hope is a joke.  I unfortunately am an American by birth (unqualified) too old, 66 and a dog lover (because I was raised with them).  I know a happily married older couple, he is an atheist and she is very religious.  How do they do it?  They really like each other as people so they don't talk about religion.  Kind of like don't ask and don't tell for gays.

RELATIONSHIPS ARE ABOUT COMPROMISE, without it you wouldn't even make a good roommate

You just have to meet a nice guy that you really like being with and he will put up with your cats and you will put up with his dogs, and who knows you may both become better people for it.


Comment by Juliet Defarge on July 28, 2009 at 11:38am
I might also point out that most of the people blathering about 'socialized medicine' don't actually know what Socialism is. If the Bush administration years are any indicator, they're also a little foggy on the definition of Democracy. I experienced socialized medicine while living in Europe, and of course, while in the US Army. Not perfect, but beats the hell out of having to decide between your own health care or sending your kid to college.
Comment by JayBarti on July 27, 2009 at 4:40pm
PS: Willing to marry Canadian gentleman, age 52-60(darn). Must like cats.

If we as Canadians are not careful, What is happening in Alberta could pave the way for two tiered Health care here in Canada. Most Canadian's don't realize what they might be giving up if something like that was to happen on a national scale.

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