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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:55 AM
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Tallin' up the year end tax stuff..... a little over 10k in medical bills...
And I am on SSI...

That is about 20% of our take home money...

God I love this country...
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:11 AM
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1. Here you have one of the best arguments I've heard of....
for national health insurance....

It's a disgrace.........
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:13 AM
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2. At least a national health processing center....
Instead of having three or four thousand little fiefdoms controling patient access, we could at least standardize stuff for the industry....
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:16 AM
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3. I like that idea.......
We just need to get someone to implement it.....

And good luck getting it past the insurance folks....... :banghead:
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:32 AM
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6. If we were to eliminate the insurance company middlemen...
we could provide health coverage for all with the money we would save.

http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1623

And the assessment at the above site doesn't even include the substantial administrative costs of the Part D fiasco. This would be easy to do. Just put everyone on Medicare Part A & B.

But we couldn't have that. Gotta pursue that self-justifying ideology and privatize everything. Just so we create lots of wealthy insurance company CEOs to contribute to the GOP, that's all that matters. Then they can trickle on everyone else.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:34 AM
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4. Can't you get on Medicaid since you're on SSI?
Stupid question maybe but thought it was worth asking anyway.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:03 AM
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5. I have to use my wife as primary since she has insurance...
We have discussed getting a divorce in order to afford my health care...

Yea, family values....
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:42 AM
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7. That's a shame
But if the relationship is there, the piece of paper won't make that much difference. I would hope you two would still be able to live together. I remember many years ago, a family was trying to get on welfare but couldn't unless the couple got divorced - and the father had to move out. I'll bet that was almost 50 years ago. That would make me about 8 at the time which seems in the neighborhood.

Peace to you and your wife.

Lasher
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:24 AM
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8. That's just not right.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:32 AM
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9. That's a lot of money.
It's a large percentage of your take home money.

And, sadly, there are those out there who's medical costs are even higher.

Again, why we should have universal coverage.
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