The Haves And Have Nots

I spent last night in an emergency room with my child. I am ashamed to say that as worried as I was about her, I was equally worried about how much this will cost me, and how I am going to pay for it.

I have insurance. My insurance coverage has left much to be desired, regardless of the fact that I pay for the best coverage my employer offers.

This has not always been the case. I find myself in the unenviable position of existing on a salary that has been cut three times, while my insurance benefits have plummeted, and the cost to me for my health insurance policy has increased exponentially.
A sign of the times? I suppose.

I see myself bobbing along in a wavy ocean beside my coworkers. We are wearing life vests, as our employer, and our union leaders sit comfortably dry in a luxurious ship counting the money their shrewd insight has earned them. They are toasting each other’s business acumen. I don’t think they see us. If they did, wouldn’t they throw us a line?
Oct 16, 2014
Unequal Terms
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5 thoughts on “The Haves And Have Nots

  1. How is the young one? Better I trust? I feel so lucky to lie in a country where it costs me nothing to see a doctor or visit a hospital. It makes me feel guilty when I hear of so many people who can’t afford medical care at all, or barely scrap by.


    1. Yes, she is better today, thank you. I agree with you on healthcare. You must be in Canada… or Europe? Our priorities in the US are in the wrong places. We don’t take care of our own. The elderly and the middle class I think, get the worst of our broken system. The wealthy can afford to pay for the best care available, and the poor have the benefit of government aid. The government is having trouble fixing our healthcare system, but the solutions seem obvious: model it after the countries whose healthcare systems work. The greed of drug companies and their ties to greedy corrupt politicians is where a lot of the blame lies.


  2. Oh, Lydia–so sorry to read this. Both about your daughter and our crummy health insurance. And I think you already know the answer to ‘if they saw us would they throw us a line?’ The answer: starts with N and ends with O.


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