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Mandy ~ I am a stay at home mom who has been on a medical roller coaster ride going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what is wrong with me. All of the doctors agreed that there is something medically wrong with me, they just don't know what... Basically, just about every time that I go to the doctor, I wind up with a new diagnosis. It is very frustrating. I hope that some of these links will maybe help you or lead you in the right direction.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Fat Cat Super Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday and Super Tuesday, hence “Fat Cat Super Tuesday.” Today’s topic is the cost of health care.

The cost of health care in the US has gotten way out of hand. Universal health care has been in the news quit a bit here lately. And it got me to thinking about the cost of health care. While we are fortunate enough to have health insurance, the cost of health care can still be through the roof. Should we have universal health care here? Yes, I think we should have some form of universal coverage. I think if it is done correctly it will benefit a great deal of people.

Why? Simple the economy is in the tank, there are a lot of us that can not afford the things that we once did. In Dallas in the late 80’s and early 90’s there was a continuing education group, called FunEd. You could take a variety of classes, one of which was called “How to survive on $50-100k a year.” My husband and I used to joke about the class quite a bit. During this time we were both working, he was a computer nerd and I was in international sales. We were able to pay for numerous prescription medications for our autistic son, his many doctor’s visits and hospital stays. It was hard at times but, we still had money left over at the end of most months. There is no way that we could do this now, even though we make a lot more than we did then.

I have heard several people commentate about people not buying medical insurance when they can afford it. These people who are not buying medical insurance are said to make $75k per year. No one ever stops to add where these people live. If you are in the middle of nowhere US and make 75k, more than likely you are doing really well compared to the rest of your neighbors. But, say you live in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas or any other large metropolitan city 75k is really nothing. If I had to choose between mortgage or rent and health insurance, I would choose a place to live. Is universal health care the answer or the only answer? I don’t know? But, I do know that something needs to be fixed when it comes to the cost of health related costs. The only way any of this is going to change is to vote for what you want. Register to vote.


Grace said...

I know what you're saying about health care. Going back to an earlier discussion, because my son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and (not to mix terms but...) is, according to my insurance company, "High Functioning", speaks and is in a mainstream school and is (as far the insurance is concerned) "normal" my insurance (which is better than my husband's) will not cover his therapies...we are fortunate enough to be able to cover it ourselves with occassional help from other family at times. Like you, I'm not entirely sure what the correct answer is, but something needs to be done, and if you don't can't complain.

Oh, by the way...I tagged you and gave you an award for excellence. Stop by and

Mandy said...

Grace ~ Many insurance companies will not pay for the much needed therapies that autistic children need. I think that the biggest problem with this is due to autism falling under "mental health" and not medical. With our insurance they will cover medical at 90% but mental at only 80%. BTW we pay extra for the added coverage other wise it would be 80% and then 70%.

Autism and other LD's are another thing that needs to be address by the government and the "fat cat" insurance companies.

Thanks for the tag and the award =)

Angelika said...

Before I became disabled, I didn't understand why older people were eating cat food instead of people food.

Now I know.

Even WITH health insurance, I can't afford all of the prescriptions I'm supposed to be taking. Then there's rent, electricity, food for the Human Garbage Disposal AKA my son, clothes for school, car insurance, blah blah, etc.

Universal health care sounds great. I don't see it happening anytime in the next 8 years regardless of who our next president will be.

Mandy said...

Angelika ~ I didn't really understand either until, I started falling apart. We have excellent ins and it is not so much the medications (only because most of the ones that I take have been on the market for years) as it is all of the darn tests that they want to do. LOL on your son, my autistic son eats like that too. When he is here I am cooking and going to the grocery store constantly.

You may want to check out a new group that I joined on Cafe Chronique Someone just started two Social Security groups. I have not had much time to do anything but join but, I hope that there will be some good resources there. The groups are called Social Security Disability Reform and SSDI Application Hints and Helps