Peach State says: Current Event Friday

CNN reported that 50 Million people were without medical insurance in 2011…according to CDC reports. I wonder what the number is today! Welcome to “Current Event Friday!”

I would like to touch on the healthcare situation in the United States. We have had no medical insurance for about 4 years now. This is quite a story and it started when my husband retired. Once the insurance coverage we had through his job discontinued he began looking for another carrier. The cost were so high with premiums of almost a $1000 a month. “Highway robbery!”
We finally found a company and were informed everyone was covered…except me. “She is to overweight!”. So I lost the weight beyond their desired recommendations only to be told I was diabetic and they would not cover me. Wow! In losing the weight I was able to control my sugar levels and the A1C level, used to determine Diabetes, was normal. This meant I was not Diabetic! Then they said I could not be covered because of Asthma…Really? I have had Asthma since I was a young child. Finally, after two years, I received coverage…but the story is only beginning.

The problem with this story is the fact that many Americans cannot afford healthcare because of joblessness. When the economy began its downward spiral the percentage of out of work Americans began to rise. Loss of medical benefits and inability to afford the insurance rates, as an unemployed person, became the norm.

We had a personal business that was flourishing when my husband had retired from his job. He had been working daily to maintain both job and family business and realized the family business was making more money than the other job. He retired to focus on the family business. The family business took off and soared well beyond our expectations. But as the Economy turned our business began to fall apart. We could not afford the insurance premiums any longer. And just like that…no insurance. We do not qualify for State Healthcare and cannot afford the visits to the doctor. “That is a vicious circle all by itself!”.

How sad that people cannot afford the premiums…I wonder why! The insurance will not cover medical procedures like they use to and the doctors do not get paid what they need…oh wait..”Is it because they have raised their prices too?”. The pharmaceutical companies have raised their prices to skyrocketing amounts and the insurance companies will not cover the costs. “Who is making all the $$$?”. How can the cost go up so high when the service has gone down so low? The answer to that question will remain a mystery!

It is really sad to know that most everyone I know has little to no insurance. We try an avoid seeing the doctor because of the out of pocket expense. We do without medications because without a job or low-paying job we can’t afford the prescription.

It seems to me that the Medical Community is trying to be just like “Big Government”. So big that no one will be able to monitor what the different sections are doing. Cost will continue to rise and service will continue to slid downward. How sad that this is the way things are in the United States. The once thriving medical field is only after one thing….$$$! And with Americans out of work and out of $$$ the insurance and medical costs will just rise. They don’t have enough coming in so they have to charge more to make ends meet. Wow..Really! “Sad!”

The amount of information on this dire state of events floods the media outlets and is the topic of conversation for many. I have not even touch the tip of the proverbial iceberg and it is already bad.

Do you have insurance? Can you afford to pay your medical bills?

Peach State

About justbetweencousins

We are first cousins who live farther apart from each other than we would like. We thought this blog would give us a chance to visit with each other as well as maybe share a few insights about life. We are both middle aged and until recently both of us had kids the same age (nearly grown). But then the Peach State cuz adopted a son, so she has four now. Heart of Dixie cuz has two daughters. We have a couple of things which are prominently in common (although I'm sure there are actually more): We vacation at our Mema's beach house in Panama City Beach, Florida - until recently, we did so with all of our kids. We both sing - although Heart of Dixie cuz is not currently singing anywhere right now. We both write. We are both Christians, although Peach State cuz is Baptist, and Heart of Dixie is currently floating about between the Anglican church, the Methodist church, and the Episcopalian church. Long story.

Posted on February 24, 2012, in family, Just Between Cousins, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nope, and no! But I must say…I don’t understand why so many of us cannot afford medical insurance with the jobless rate being SO LOW!!! (note the sarcasm)

    For the past couple of years my husband and I have had no medical insurance. We have both had to quit taking certain medicines. He formerly worked for if not “the”, certainly one of the largest companies for pharmaceutical supplies and hospital software. I can tell you where the money went and where it didn’t go! It didn’t go into the employees pockets, but the boss man receives mutli-million dollar bonuses. That would be okay, if it wasn’t at the expense of the health of the American people and the overworked employees.

    There are many factors that play into what’s going on in our country now. None of them good. But corporate greed is one of the factors. I do believe in a person’s right to be rich because he/she has taken the risks; and has provided jobs, as well as a needed product and/or service. But I also believe that there is an honorable way to conduct business and a dishonorable way to conduct business. I also understand that the government has their hand in all of it too. That has never been a good thing, so why are we allowing the government more and more access and power? Greedy politicians are as much of the problem. They want all the money and power to control everyone!

    So, people who make what is still considered to be a good salary can’t afford what they once could, yet they still don’t qualify for any help. Yet we let illegal aliens get all the free stuff our tax dollars can provide! This all didn’t just happen by accident. It’s been the liberal agenda forever! So, congratulations to all you liberals! You have wrecked our country! Yay for you! You won! I’m just hoping that some of you have woken up to realize that the “change” you all wanted needs to be corrected. I’m not saying to go back to the way it was. There are problems that need to be fixed…not made worse!

    Peachstate…I am going to get off my soapbox now…until next Friday!

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