OBAMACARE VS. CRUZCARE
With less than 30 days to go before the actual activation of Obamacare, the USA is now being treated to a huge choir of screaming voices from all sides headed up by our pseudo Canadian friend from Texas, Mr. Ted Cruz, telling us it is doomed to fail and go down in flames!
Naturally, all the alarms going off like that puts the little brain cells (what few I have left) to work. I suppose the first, and most obvious question would have to be, if Cruz took this thing over, would there be any type of group health insurance plan at all? If not, would everyone just be on their own and use emergency rooms the way many poor folks do now as the Doctor’s office for everything? Would we just abandon hospitals altogether and put portable emergency rooms on every street corner? Who’s gonna staff it? Who’s gonna pay for it? Kinda sounds like a bankruptcy attorney’s dream come true doesn’t it?
Naturally, there is still much to learn about Obamacare but at least there are things to learn. At this point in time, we can only assume that in CruzCare, the graph on the right would be the status quo and everything would remain as it is because he hasn’t revealed any alternative plan yet that I know of.
This brings to mind a quote from another great sage who worked with a previous administration. This man’s name is Rumsfeld who, when asked a pointed strategy question about something had this to offer;
“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.”
That, ladies and gentlemen, in a nutshell, sounds to me like current healthcare planning and strategy version one!
Here’s my own little healthcare nightmare story.
Recently, due to the fact that I snore like a locomotive, my Doctor had concerns about my heart overworking while I was sleeping. Being the good Doctor he is, he scheduled me into a local hospital for a “sleep study.” I wasn’t too concerned about cost since Medicare supposedly covers “sleep studies,” and a few weeks later I showed up at a local hospital at 8:00pm to get ‘er done.
For those unfamiliar with this technique, it’s basically this. The hospital provides a bare room with a bed, a technician with a bunch of little wires to tape to your body and a computer in another room that monitors your progress as you sleep. They also have some kind of a gismo that blows oxygen up your nose like a hurricane and wakes you up! Six hours later I was finished sleeping, out of there and home in my own bed by 3:30am.
This week I received a bill from this hospital for my sleep study in the amount of $4776.35. That’s $796.00 per hour for a hard bed and a hurricane up your nose! Even though I’m pretty sure that either Obamacare or Medicare (I’m not sure about CruzCare) is eventually going to cover me on this, $4700 and change is more than my piggy bank is ready for. Whatever the outcome, I definitely don’t want to spend too many sleepless nights hoping that my future Healthcare policy is going to cover it!
So….Mr. President….., if you’ll take care of this healthcare thing for me, I’ll see if I can get Donald Trump to send some “birther” investigators up to Canada to check out Ted Cruz’s birth certificate and make sure he was born in a foreign country like Canada and not a foreign country like Hawaii. OK? You can’t be too cautious about these things, right?
As usual, send me your critiques and comments. I’ll be happy to use them if I can. Have a great week everybody!
Posted by All Around Seniors at 9/10/2013 4:34 AM