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February 26, 2019

Healthcare in the USA

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, Political — Scottie @ 21:27

Ron is getting things together to do our taxes.   By his best figures we spent out of pocket a bit over $10,000 plus the $2,500 medical card deducted from his pay, plus the 2 grand in dental insurance we both get, plus the healthcare insurance we get from his work, and lastly also my medicare because I am disabled.  Anyone think the healthcare system in our country is broken and needs to be fixed.   We spent over $12,500 out of pocket and still had insurance which Ron has deducted from his pay and did not figure into these costs.  Just to have me on his insurance is an extra $150 a month so that is another $1,800.   So now we are up to $14,300.   That doesn’t include the month premium for the insurance choices we selected.  That doesn’t include my medicare premium and I am grateful to have medicare.  Back in 2014 I lost the top of my left leg to my bone disease.  I had to wait until 2017, three years later, until I got my medicare to be able to afford the operation to replace my left hip.   Anyone still think we have the best healthcare system in the world?   Had I been in Canada I would have waited about 3 months and gotten my new hip.  Think of the pain I suffered due to a three year wait.  Without medicare I would be in a wheelchair and a lot of debilitating pain.   The wealthy do not have to worry about these things.  Congress people do not have to worry about these things.  Congressional staff do not have to worry about these health worries.  it is time to fix a broken health care system in the US.   It needs to be about the health of the people, not the profit that can be made off the people.   Hugs


  1. Healthcare itself isn’t broken. Insurance certainly is. I have what is considered the cadillac plan of healthcare. But yet to get my daughter implants we paid for it out of pocket. This even thiough all medical evidence showed she’d adapt quickly to them, her life would improve, her mental health would improve, and it would make her feel whole. Insurance just sucks and doesn’t help when it should.

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    Comment by Michelle Styles — February 27, 2019 @ 10:41

    • Hello Michelle. I agree. I was just telling Ragnar yesterday on our comment thread that insurance is a middle man and any time you add a middle man the price goes up. Insurance has to make a profit and healthcare shouldn’t be about making a profit off of the people who need care. Insurance adds a layer of overhead costs.
      We also have to address why the US pays the highest costs for medications. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 27, 2019 @ 13:38

  2. The wealthy do not have to worry about these things. Congress people do not have to worry about these things.

    SO TRUE! And as long as they don’t, the rest of us will continue to get the short end of the stick.

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    Comment by Nan — February 28, 2019 @ 14:35

    • Hello Nan. I agree. I do not care if they call it socialism or peter pan, but I want universal healthcare for all. I guess the current Medicare for all bill is very what we need. I had a few things wrong when I talked about it last. it does cover everyone and even has dental. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — February 28, 2019 @ 14:41

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