Cafe Today | Wisdom of the Healthcare Law – A Box of Chocolates?

Can someone PLEASE explain the Healthcare Law to me?  I’m confused.  Snicker if you must.  I have questions.  Where is the wisdom in this law?

So, the healthcare law is coverage for everyone.  Howdy do dah day!

Wait!  Except for people who cannot afford to purchase private insurance.  And, people who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid coverage. What?  So there are many limitations?   Then there are those who will be “taxed” for NOT having insurance. I believe the President clearly said  “This is not a tax”.  We penalize those who least can afford to purchase insurance? Really? Do they get a side of witty sarcasm with that tax entrée?

Assorted Chocolates

Fannie May Assorted Chocolates courtesy http://www.fanniemay.com   Of course I purchased a box.   Duh!   Sorry, no wisdom.

Forest Gump was right.  “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are gonna get”.  Did I just quote Forest again.  Help me!

Tell me again why we have a healthcare plan that will cover everyone but doesn’t? So, we really don’t  have a healthcare plan for all? I’m confused again. No surprise.  If this healthcare plan is so straight forward, why is it so complicated?  No 2 people appear to agree with the language of the law.  Pass the chocolate!

OK!  Working through the chocolates.   If you are passed middle age….I mean way down the road beyond  the curve of middle age…you are now in danger of falling  into the infamous “crack”.   Lots of cracks in the system as we are learning.  How many times have we heard that?  You wouldn’t think it could possibly be that hard to find people down there, when it is so darn crowded.

Photo of the “cracks we fall into”……coming soon to this space. I have to get out first!

Oops!  I fell into the crack!    (I don’t know how to spell the sound of a deep sigh so, just sigh amongst yourselves.)  I personally cannot afford to purchase healthcare. It would cost me about $800  a month for a policy with a ginormous deductible and major out of my pocket-book expenses.   I know.  I have looked for coverage. (Sucks being older.  BB King said it best….The  Thrill is Gone!)   Therefore, placing me in the working poor category.  For those who do not know what that is, my congrats.  It  means my only choices are paying for insurance or a place to live.  Being too young for Medicare and  too old for braces, working 2 part-time jobs with no benefits what so ever, just puts me  over the $ amount for any type of qualification.  Luckily, I am not on any medications.   ………. Not for the lack of someone screaming I should be!

Honestly, I do not know the status of my health.  The “morning reflection” isn’t always so hot.   I have not been to a doctor for some time. I have learned to live with the pain I have and not get too pouty about the small stuff.  Recently, I have begun to list a bit to my left.  My only Nautical reference.  No worries! I’ll just use my Air Horn app to move others out of my way.  They really do have an App for everything don’t they.

Last year, I dragged my butt to an Urgent Care walk in clinic (tehehe) when I had a Bronchial Infection. They said to me, YUP! You have a Bronchial Infection. Gave me a script that cost $65 and said, very nicely, that will be $180 for today. All in the course of 10 minutes. Excluding time spent in the ever so lovely storage area.  I mean waiting room. (Helpful Hint: do not touch the magazines. You may find it necessary to return in a few days) Don’t get me wrong. The place has its perks. Free Tissue. Albeit scratchy. A single pen for completing crossword puzzles. Dealing with the chain and the fact that it is attached to the clipboard is a nuisance!   Getting to know the germy guy next to you. Priceless!   I must say, they were very busy. Lots of us sick folk in that waiting room. Funny! I did not see a revolving door, yet…  eerily I sensed its presence.

Looks like I am down to these choices.

  • A Nap
  • More Chocolate
  • Keep praying that I will get through to my Medicare years with only minor bumps in the road and on my body.
  • Move in with one of my children. Oh, hell no!
  • Take on a 3rd job to purchase insurance.   I rarely sleep as it is!
  • Find a nice gentleman that can help support both of us. Not likely. Men my age like cute 30 yr olds.
  • Damn it all!
  • Drink the correct amount of coffee each day. Not exactly sure of the correct amount. 6 too many?  3 not enough?
  • No soda. Tons of veggies. Quit the dessert.    Damn it!
  • Watch every Hallmark Movie. I love Hallmark movies.
  • Laugh a Lot!
  1. Perhaps, someone could find a way to allow businesses to provide healthcare benefits to their employees. Makes you just want to slap your head, huh?   Who would have thunk!  Full time or part-time employees getting benefits.  Whoa! I’m getting crazy here. Really, why is that such a difficult thing?   Not everything has to be a bureaucratic nightmare.
  2. A personal bailout!
  3. Discover a path to provide healthcare for people trapped and forgotten in a No Man’s Land of eligibility.  You know…the tiny cracks that people fall into all the time.  Again,  they can’t possibly be that small with so many of us in there.  Oh… wait.  “Others” (those nameless people we blame for everything) are far too busy observing failed/bailed out, doomed to fail again banks while still giving massive bonuses to their employees. Actually, I have no idea why simpler plans cannot be enlisted.

I loyally work long hours, believe in God, love my family, pay my taxes (more than the top 9% as I hear it) and make an attempt to be an upstanding citizen. Course with no healthcare I may not be standing up much longer.

Cafe Today | Iraq Troops Home For The Holidays

“Today I can say that troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays.”

President Barack Obama TODAY declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year’s end.

“As promised the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said.


Image: U.S. soldiers take a rest in the shade of armoured vehicles at Camp Liberty in Baghdad
courtesy Mohammed Ameen  /  Reuters
U.S. soldiers take a rest in the shade of armoured vehicles at a courtyard at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. U.S troops are scheduled to pull out of the country by the end of this year, according to President Barack Obama.

The president made the announcement at a White House briefing following a private video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Obama said the two were in full agreement about how to move forward.

The withdrawal of American troops marks a major milestone in the war that started in 2003 and resulted in the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. More than 4,400 American military members have been killed, and another 2,000 wounded since the U.S. invasion.

“Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of them, will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home,” Obama said.     via  Associated Press

AMEN!!

Cafe Conversations | Memorial Day 2011

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply,

to enjoy simply,

to think freely,

to risk life,

to be needed.”

~ Storm Jameson

 

These words must be in the hearts and thoughts of all soldiers.

 

Memorial Service

 


I found this article while searching for inspiration.

 Take a moment and read a ~ Soldier’s Perspective. *

         President Obama today released the annual proclamation recognizing Memorial Day and those that fell in our nation’s defense.  The National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress and signed into law in 2000 by President Bill Clinton. During a tour of the nation’s capital, a staffer asked the kids why Memorial Day is so important. “That’s the day the pools opens,” replied one child. Enough said.

To continue reading the  President’s Proclamation , click on the link : 

http://militarygear.com/asp/2011/05/27/president-obama-memorial-day-proclamation/

* re-blog from military gear.com