Friday, January 22, 2010

A Modest Proposal


Okay, with Naked Cosmo Guy now a senator, we're all kissing health care reform good-bye, right? [Except the majority of voters in Massachusetts, who, like all good Americans, figured they're okay, so why help anyone else.]

Have I mentioned often enough that our health care goes the way of the Conan on February 28? Have I mentioned, too, that Pete has been turned down because of pre-existing conditions? And that I've been turned down once already and will likely be turned down again? I should be happy that California is one of those states with a high-risk pool for the uninsured, right? Oh, except for the part that there's a 12- to 18-month waiting list to take a dip in the pool. But it’s funded by the tobacco tax, so if I start handing out smokes down by the middle school, maybe I can increase the amount raised so I can get in the pool.

Okay, I'm giving myself a panic attack, which is all well and good for the next 37 days, but...

Here's my plan: let's take a bunch of us without insurance (but with money to pay for insurance) or who are paying an outrageous sum each month for their insurance and create a business. A business which does nothing but provide health insurance for its uninsurable or under-insurable people. These people, whom we'll call employees because, hello, it's a scam of health insurance companies, pay into the company each month. The company, in turn, pays the insurance premiums. Everyone is happy.

Everyone except the health insurance provider. And me, when I go to jail for fraud.

You know, though, California prisons are really improving the health care they provide their prisoners. So there's that.


[Photo of San Quentin courtesy of AP. This is not the prison I would end up in. But it sure has a view, doesn't it?]

10 comments:

CrAzY Working Mom said...

Well, the good thing is that you'll be well provided for in prison!

I think the idea is brilliant. I guess we'll move to California. ;)

Tara R. said...

That whole 'pre-existing' condition clause is one of the biggest hurdles to Hubs looking for a better job, with benefits with a different insurance company. Having to wait six months to have full coverage could quite literally be a killer.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

You know, prison health care doesn't sound too bad.

6512 and growing said...

My son has a pre-existing condition. It just makes me so sad that if we weren't poor enough to qualify for our state health insurance, that we'd be S.O.L.

Jocelyn said...

This whole thing just makes my stomach hurt. What is the idiocy ruling the voting booth?

soccer mom in denial said...

Sigh - as you know I am very embarrassed about the outcome in MA (both in and outside of the polls). And you are right - with over 95% of MA folks now covered thanks to our coverage law - seems we can't think past our borders.

Groan.

Stephanie said...

Go to jail and get better benefits, lol...

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

D... said...

UGH, I am so sorry. It is so wrong that you have to worry about this. Something HAS to be done, but, sadly, I don't see it happening soon. And it's a dang shame that prisoners get benefits when hard working free people do not. What is wrong with that picture???

I really don't want to get on my health care soapbox, just know that I feel for your situation.

Giggles said...

Girlfriend move to Canada!!! I have no ideal what people are soooo afraid of with universal health care!!! If you need care you get it....simple like that!!!

Hugs giggles

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