Thursday, March 05, 2009

We're missing something.

Health care is the issue of the day and nobody sums up where the lines are drawn better than dday over at Digby's place. Here's the quote from the GOP congressman dday is referring to-

REP. ZACH WAMP: Listen, health care is a privilege. […]

Health care is a privilege?

I subscribe to the best plan the Fortune 500 company I work for provides. My premiums are astronomical but I've always felt this isn't an area where I want to skimp.

Despite my premium plan the deductibles are killing me. I've got an 80/20 setup towards the deductible and then nothing after I hit $1000 for myself or $2500 for my family. I guess this is pretty standard.

When my 12-year old son took that hit to the knee playing football at the end of last year I had to pay about $100 bucks out of pocket for the intial co-pays for the doctor visit then X-ray directly next door. I then had pay $200 for follow-up within the next few weeks including minor physical therapy. Then his doctor insisted on an MRI. My portion of responsibility for that was $500 dollars.

I can't even imagine what this would have cost had he actually torn his ACL and needed surgery.

Since injuries are a constant risk of sports we're seriously reviewing the financial risk having all three of our kids play sports expose us to. Youth sports must also be a privilege.

Eight years ago I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and now sleep with a cpap machine glued to my face. Yesterday, I went in for a follow-up and my machine is so old they have to do another sleep study to see what settings it needs. As I made the appointment I asked office scheduler what the study would cost under my insurance. The study itself is an outrageous $2000 so my out-of-pocket will be $400 dollars. By way of comparison I spent $15 dollars on my first sleep study.

I'm not sure I can afford this new study. $400 bucks is a lot of cash and I have other bills. Apparently sleep, a healthier heart and better productivity during the day is also a privlege for those with excess cash.

I'm well aware that my financial and health care challenges are miniscule next to what other Americans face. To many of Americans- being cancer free or getting the meds to slow the progress of MS or Aids and the rising costs of same are their own lucky privlege. These Americans would probably gladly change place with me and my medical bills given the choice.

The for-profit private health care system in this broken. As the president said today it's choking the economy to death. It's beyond obtuse to argue otherwise. It's ridiculous to accuse those of us who already pay too much of our ever shrinking income of being spoiled children. It's willful ignorance.


Lockwood said...

Well, look at the bright side... a third of those costs are going to shareholders and CEO salaries. So health care is a priviledge, just not for you.

UberDILF said...

You should just die and decrease the surplus population.

Ubermilf said...

Oops. That was me.

Anonymous said...

I pay for insurance but now my copays are so high I cant afford to go to a doctor.. but I still wear clean underwear in case I get hit by a bus!

ladybug said...

You already know our situation...which is much worse.

$4,000 deductible...for the year.
No Dental, super minimal visual (only part of the exam, not the actual corrective lenses/contacts even apply towards the deductible).

Pretty much pay for everything up front.

It's total bullcrap

okjimm said...

Health Care is a right......

reading astute comments from astute individuals from across the nation is a that I steal daily from the company computers. ;)

Randal Graves said...

You know, instead of whining, why don't you do something about it and run for Congress and win, thereby joining an elite who EARNED their RIGHT to good health for all the service to they do for the American people.

As for sleeping, have you thought about getting nice and plastered before bed? That might help. ;-)

Arkonbey said...

Funny. Those who cry the most about some things being privileges as opposed to rights are those with enough money to get those things; the 'prilvileged'. Why do poor people keep voting for guys like who don't care about anyone but themselves.

Now, healthcare may not be a right, however, it is the right thing to do. ESPECIALLY by those who claim to be Xtians. Whom would Jesus deny care to and allow to suffer?

Don Snabulus said...

As Ladybug mentioned, our plan is almost Cash and Carry...a festering lump called a health savings account.

You ought to go check out CPAPExchange. You could get the machine, mask, and hose for around $300. IANAD, but shouldn't you just set it high enough where you don't wake up feeling like sh*t? That's what I do.

Arete, the sleep study place I went to, charged me about double the actual cost of the CPAP device. Highway robbery. I buy all my spare parts at CPAP Exchange now. Sorry if that sounds like an ad...just the way it is.

Isn't it amazing how much Americans can keep taking from the rich businessmen, but still believe every poison word they say and get taken over and over. Health care is the biggest lie of all.

We pay WAY more for WAY less than anyone in the developed world. Not just a little more either...

Distributorcap said...

lets see how privileged zach wamp is if we took away his SOCIALIST health plan

i hate anyone who thinks the market can take care of health care issues -- that means we are now valuing disease and injuries -- how christian is that! (and i am jewish)

Dr. Zaius said...

You have to glue something to your face? Sounds like the movie "Alien"!