Blogging for Dollars- Or A Perfidious Tale Of Health Care in America
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Well, where to start? I wanted to put down all in one place, with an easy to access link, what has been happening to me. Yes, these are horrible pictures, but I felt like sharing. This is me in 1994-post surgery by a few weeks.
Start from today? or the beginning? Let’s go chrono. I developed an auto-immune disorder in childhood-Crohn’s disease-which affects the digestive tract, etc., ad nauseum…LOL!!
I have had this condition for over 45 years. While I was able to get a college degree, I was never healthy enough/hirable enough to hold a job. In America, you must pay into the system to get services. I haven’t been well enough as an adult to meet those requirements.
I received Medicaid health care at one point, because I was indigent. By that point, I was near death from an obstructed bowel and massively infected. I was in the hospital for over 6 weeks , weighed 89 lbs on a 5 foot 9 inch frame, and eventually had 2 bowel resection surgeries. Because I had a pre-existing condition, and was uninsurable. See pictures.
When I got married, later in life, (46!!!), I lost that government help, because my husband was employed. Fair enough!
Since then, my husband and I have both had ill health, including my husband’s cancer diagnosis. He has recovered. We are grateful. Our medical expenses have been costly all our 10 years of marriage.
Ironically, because of health care reform, my husband has lost employment-he was in the health insurance underwriting business. I am now insurable. If the money can be found. I can get the care and medicine I need, if the money can be found. I have the privilege, if not the funds. Beyond ironic. More Kafkaesque.
So, at this point, though still with a qualifying condition, I can’t get help. We still don’t qualify for government benefits, because my husband works. Looking more for a decent job than a handout. He’s like that. He’s also a veteran. An officer. Which I think should count for something.
That’s why you will see some posts from me, if you know me, asking for help. I have sites where I am selling my artwork. There is an Ebay site where my artist friends/colleagues are donating their art to benefit me. I also have a special IRS donation account set up that can only be used to pay medical bills. If you know me ask me about this. Otherwise, just pray. I just wanted to share this.
And the last straw? We have health insurance through my husband’s job. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Which, in a classic, “we can get away with anything”, move, changed our policy benefits. Now, instead of having to come up with so much “out-of pocket” expenses-decided to more than triple those costs. We have no recourse.
I’m sure those executives had a good laugh. When Obama closed one door on their profiteering, they found an unregulated window to offset those losses. A special place in hell? But soon enough to prevent the suffering and certain death this will cause others? Plus ca change…
Got the picture?