Thursday, January 7, 2010

Is anyone paying attention to your healthcare "benefits?"

It is my 63rd birthday and while I was showing off pictures of my beautiful granddaughter, the charming and industrious technician giving me a pedicure was asking me about my technological savvy. "Do you text? Do you Skype? Do you email? Do you send photos with your phone? Do you have a Facebook account?"
My answer was yes to all her questions and then I added, "I even do automatic bill pay!"
She then asked me, "Do you blog?"
Meekly I replied, "No,"
"Someone as technologically gifted as you doesn't blog!" It was at that moment I made up my mind. I will begin blogging today. It is my birthday. A beginning of a new year. I have been totally frustrated with my fellow Americans for the past six months for not speaking up on so many issues that I am taking the plunge and going out into cyberspace to see if there are any American citizens that are as mad as I am.
You see the Congress of the United States is treating its constituency as non-entities. They don't see us a real people with real issues. How many of you have had your insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-pays been raised,not to mention your medication list shorten this year? I am not talking about medicare. I am talking about the Americans who have healthcare benefits through their employers or buy it themselves. Do you still have dental benefits,healthcare savings plans, just to name a few?
Okay? Now how many of you have had an emergency surgery in the past six months, in a car accident, need specialized eye treatment, needed medication that your insurance provider does not cover? Insurance is great until you need it. Right!
Have you told your representative in Congress and your senators what the price of your insurance is for your family, your child in college who is no longer covered? Do you know what your representative and senator pay for their insurance premiums? Before you think you are having something taking away from you if we have a national healthcare program, check out what is happening to what you do have.
For those of you who don't have benefits, go to the library and get on the internet and write to your representatives and tell them what your life is like without healthcare. Advocates for the undercover and non-covered get them them computers and form letters. Congress needs to hear from the people. Healthcare providers don't stay out of this diaalogue, join in and help your patients.




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