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.