I purposely haven’t written a blog for a while because I don’t like being so negative about things. Perhaps it’s periodic depression mixed in with the ups and downs of regular life… Who knows….
“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~ Confucius
Today I found out that many hospitals and doctors now have a FEE for just walking in the door. Often, that is imposed on the patients (us) not always by the doctor’s choice, but often by the “Corporate” or “Conglomeration” of Hospitals & Doctor’s offices, Therapy hospitals, etc. that are grouped together under one “Heading” or whatever name they choose for their umbrella of services. So I’m not meaning to be rude or disrespectful when I say, “Thanks a lot Obama”.
Due to Obamacare, my monthly premiums tripled, my cancer medication is $550 a month for just that one prescription (I have several others, a few over $100 a month) and I DID get to keep my Oncologist (cancer doctor) but I did not get to keep my Insurance policy with United. “The powers that be”, decided to shift all of the state employees to Blue Cross Blue Shield. We had no choice between companies as we have always had before for the last 37 or so years that I can remember. We did however get to choose which level… Gold, Silver or Bronze, which of course relates directly to however much your policy covers or will pay.
Having Gold…. I knew I’d have to begin paying “co-pays” which I have never had to pay before, and the costs I pay for my prescriptions will not go toward my deductible, as they did before…. but now I have to pay $45.00 co-pay to see my Cancer doctor (Oncologist) per visit, plus a $200 dollar fee for WALKING INTO THE BUILDING, so consequently, I will be paying $250 each time I have to go to see my cancer doctor. Sounds like they just would like for those of us with pre-existing or dire conditions just go on and die off. Looking at their numbers, it’s more cost effective I’m sure.
Now I know there are so many people there who are financially worse off than I am (I at least have a husband who still works) and I’m thinking of all these extra costs that they will have to now pay. Perhaps Medicare will help some of them with part of the costs, but then there are many, like me, who aren’t old enough to qualify for Medicare.
So I guess I need Obama to tell me specifically how he helped me “keep my doctor, and at the same time, lowered the price of my insurance by $2,400 a year with Obama care”, Not to even mention, the whole “Pre-existing Conditions” part that was suppose to be helpful. I have talked to ONE person who said it had helped his wife, so I know there will be instances where it has helped, but before….. anyone that went to the emergency room… had to be treated whether or not they had insurance. The rest of us absorbed that extra cost. I agree some people need help and I don’t mind helping those who can’t help themselves, but being forced to pay for those who CHOOSE to not even TRY to help themselves is another matter entirely.
Shattered-emotions22 by fairiegodmother-www.deviantart.com
I won’t even go into the “Hospitalist”, instead of having your own doctor come to the hospital, you get a “Hospitalist”… someone you don’t know, who doesn’t know your history, come in and try to treat you for what they see at the moment…. but 4 or 5 days later, they rotate off and you get a NEW Hospitalist or Physician’s Assistant (Who is actually lower on the pay scale/knowledge scale than my daughter who is a Certified Nurse Practioner – Went to medical school for about 8 years…. Each state may have different requirements for these degrees or what they can or can’t do).
Oh well, enough of that ….
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me…. I am free because I know that I alone am
morally responsible for everything I do.” ~ Robert Heinlein
My thoughts as to having videos of two Americans having their heads cut off posted on the internet? They were journalist, not “warriors”… to me (in my opinion) that is like trying to compare apples to oranges. I’m pretty sure they did that just because they were Americans, to try to “shame” the President or the Country, but I’m afraid they don’t realize just how angry American’s can be, once riled up. Sort of like poking a rattle snakes nest I guess. There is nothing that brings American’s together faster than “non-political” issues they see as wrong. I could be wrong…. Actually, as you know, our President is not on my Christmas card list, however….. I do respect the fact that he says publicly that he/we have no “plan” on what to do or that we need to “manage” terrorists…. since I feel it is rather stupid to tell them exactly what your plans ARE before you act. (I’m praying he DOES have a plan but is just not planning to expose that plan until AFTER it’s done) Perhaps that is the reasoning behind the actions…. to have people demand what he’s going to do about it… In my opinion, that is what got us into this trouble in the first place…. announcing beforehand what we planned to do strategy wise, for example announcing a withdrawal date, but then, I’m no military expert. Seems to me like there is a question as to if these “people” have grown through out history or are still living in the Middle Ages where people were beheaded more often than not. Just saying… It makes me wonder…
“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.” ~ Chester W. Nimitz
I wonder about any religion/society even, that demeans women to such a degree as being worthless, can’t vote, can’t even go out into public alone, can’t go to school to learn to read and write (they might actually become intelligent I guess) when they (the women) are the very ones who sustain their (the men’s) lives. The women cook and have babies (oh yippee… yes, I’m being sarcastic) but then I’m told in their “Heaven” or it’s equivalent in their religion, they get a million (I don’t really know the number) virgins as their reward for getting there. Well….. You can only be a virgin once, so what happens when they aren’t virgins anymore? Do they get kicked to the curb or thrown out of the heavenly spot? Perhaps that is why some cultures allow grown men to marry children…. cuz you’re only a virgin once… (they’d probably be hard pressed here to find too many virgins over the age of 11 or so… sorry parents, don’t freak out… but it’s true. Kids don’t tell you, but many, many, many, become sexually active by that age) As I said… I just wonder about these things… why people do the things they do, what drives them to make that particular choice or what drives them to do whatever it is they do… Do they face trial and difficulties or do they just stick their heads in the sad and wish for good results?
“It is better to believe than to disbelieve.
In so doing, you bring everything to the realm of possibility.” ~ Albert Einstein
Oh the home front, almost everything is going well… Every life has hiccups now and then, but over all… I’m happy to be alive, in this body, in this house (though I would like to move soon), with my children, my pets, my grand-daughter, and with my husband (even though he can be a pill sometimes…LOL). I’ve thought about trading him in on occasion, but if I did, I’d have to get a fish, and they don’t cook or cut the grass… LOL.
“Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong” ~ Unknown
We are still waiting to see what might or might not happen on the legal front… Of course there is the Civil and Criminal side of things that have to be done separately, so I’ve given the lawyer everything I have and hope to be able to settle the dispute without having to go to trial. (I keep giving that over to God to handle, but slip occasionally and begin to worry, then shove it back in His direction, LOL)
I found a great black and white photo program that I wanted and downloaded the trial version, but of course I have a Mac OS X 10.6.8 and it needs a Mac OS X 10.8 ….. ARGGGG I DO NOT want to buy a new computer right now… Dear Santa…. KElizabeth needs a new Mac computer for Christmas….LOL. Guess I’ll just have to wait LOL.
Supposedly haunted Poogan’s Porch, Charleston S. C.
(Photos above were taken by myself unless otherwise noted)
“That you may retain your self-respect,
it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”
~William J. H. Boetcker