With this blog, I didn't set out to be a "Mr. Doom & Gloom", but sometimes one must face facts:
1. I now see 4 doctors on a regular basis (5 if you count the Orthopaedist my PCP wants me to see).
2. Each one of these requires a $40.00 co-pay.
3. My meds (refillable monthly) run about $200.00 (not counting the OTC stuff I take to keep from having to take the prescription ones, to keep the cost down)
4. SOME of those meds have severe adverse effects. My new BP medication makes my hands and feet swell to the size of balloons, for example, so guess what? Yup. more expense as we try yet another medicine.
As I write this, I can just imagine some of your comments, such as: "You think you have it rough, Bill? I pay way more than that!", but that isn't the point.
The point is that the sheer expense of doctor's visits and prescriptions is going to cause a lot of us to have to "go without".
I cite as an example, myself: I took myself off the Exelon patch because its cost is $60.00 a month! On my pension and what D makes, it just isn't affordable, so it falls by the wayside, and suddenly I'm in a crapshoot for my life.
Okay, multiply my case with millions of others, and what do you get?
A sky-rocketing mortality rate, just because we cannot afford to take care of ourselves medically.
And no, I'm not taking sides on Obama's health-care reform bill. I'm just stating facts as they apply to me (and perhaps - you).
So what's the answer?
Ready for more?
Recently, the state of California, because it could not pay its bills, issued IOU's to use as "money" on the hope that that "money" would soon magically appear.
Other cities have shut down their governmental ops periodically because they cannot meet their payrolls.
If they can't meet their payrolls, people don't work, and they go without.
"So what else, Bill?"
Here's what else: If cities/states can't pay without having to issue IOU's on worthless paper, what's going to be the next to go?
Computer services (IS, as it's known) will suffer and if the information services?(ISP) provider isn't paid, THEY can't pay THEIR people, and then what?
You're getting the picture, right? (Or you already had it, and I'm late on the "bandwagon", and I'm just stating the obvious - I tend to do that from time to time!)
So what's it gonna be, kids?
Soylent Green or The Waltons?
I vote for the latter. It won't hurt us to go "primitive" again.
Might even do us some good.
Finally, D's and my thoughts and prayers go to our dear friend Becks on this sad occasion of her neighbor's funeral. Please join us.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
edited: to correct spelling and terminology.