Medical Drama

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Tomorrow is Kajsa’s monthly nephrology appointment. And I’m sure it’s going to be upbeat, to say
the least. Especially since she’s eating
like a horse and has so much energy that I’m seriously thinking of renaming her
Boing Boing.

Meanwhile I have an appointment today to massage the owner
of a local Salon & Day Spa to see if he wants to hire me on as the third
Massage Therapist. I haven’t been this
nervous about doing a little bodywork in about 10 years. Seriously, I reaaally hope I get it.

The only problem, though, with being gainfully employed is
that it takes us precariously far from practically indigent. And while you might think, “Well,
whoopdeedoo, fantastic for you!” It
kinda isn’t.

Lemme explain. You
see, as long as we are horribly poor, Kajsa is covered for her thousands of
dollars worth of medications each month, her close-to-that doctors’
appointments, and heaven forbid – any hospital stays.

Yep. Last time we were in Phoenix

I had a long talk with Kajsa’s social worker. It turns out that there’s a huge gap between being eligible for assistance
and being able to actually afford a chronically (read never goes away) ill child.  Well crap.

So we’re in a super serious Catch 22. As I see is, we have three choices.

1. We
stay too poor to pay our bills, buy food, and have a happy go lucky life.

2. We
get good jobs and watch our child go without healthcare.

3. We
lie our butts off and hope no one catches on.

In other words, we are royally screwed. As my husband, not to mention my mom will
gladly tell you, I am the worst liar in the entire world. In fact, I turn beat red, stammer and
eventually break down in tears over the guilt of it.

That only leaves to first two…

Working poor and middle class terror.

Now what I’m about to tell you might turn you off a
bit. But honestly, I’m not trying to
push any agenda. Never mind, I totally
want to push my own agenda…I just haven’t a clue what it is, yet. So bear with me.

I was perusing the Hillary and Obama sites last night when I
stumbled upon this little video.

And if
anything will make me sit up and listen to a politician, it’s talking about
healthcare for all children. Hell, that’ll
make me stand up and vote. Anyway, check
it out.

I’m not a huge fan of any politician. But I like the fact that she’s at least
talking about this topic. The way I see
it, even if she’s lying through her teeth, she’s trying to reach a
target audience.

And that means that I’m not alone.


5 thoughts on “Medical Drama

  1. Actually, I think of working poor as thouse with a job that will bring in enough income to pay the rent, buy food and gas, but not enough to also buy health insurance. Middle class includes healthcare provided by your employer or paid for personally.
    The latter don’t want to pay the increased taxes necessary to take care of the former. I hope the tide of public opinion has shifted since the Clinton’s campaigned for national healthcare in the first years of Bill’s administration.
    Having a granddaughter who has the kind of condition generally considered ‘catastrophic’ has only hardened my resolve to get the Democrats in office and then hold their feet to the fire to make them live up to their campaign promises.

  2. I would love for your definitions to be accurate. Unfortunately, I think they are changing…and quickly. The middle class are finding themselves unable to afford the rising cost of health care. The working poor don’t even stand a chance.

    It’s all very depressing.

  3. I don’t think this is a matter of semantics. It seems that there has been a redistribution of wealth in the U.S. with many of the working poor sliding into poverty, and many of the middle class becoming the working poor. At the same time the fraction of a percent that makes up the wealthy have become increasingly wealthy. I don’t want to seem like a conspiracy theorist, but the export of jobs out of the country, combined with the hemmorrhage of Mexicans and Central Americans across the border, has created a labor glut, which makes it possible for industry to hire mostly part time labor for whom they don’t pay benefits. The ultimate outcome will be a two class system in which 1% are very wealthy and the rest are in poverty. I guess, if I’m going to rant I need to get my own blog,huh? 🙂

  4. You’re right. It’s not about semantics.

    It’s interesting that by seeking third world employees, the companies are creating a third world country here.

    Remember when we all thought flex time was wonderful and women working outside of the house was empowering?

    Now you can’t find a full time job and women often don’t have a choice, but to work.

    Your own blog…now there’s an idea.

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