A Short Health Care Discussion
I generally stay out of discussions about health care. Being on MediCal- although I pretty much pay all my own medical bills- I feel I should stand aside on those. But, I had a short lived discussion with a neighbor yesterday I found interesting, if not frustrating.
The first thing he said as he walked up was something along the line of "TheTea Party is dead and now we have MediCare for all"- the MediCare reference meaning what he believed to be Obamacare. I replied that I wasn't so sure the Tea Party was dead, but what did he mean by we're all on MediCare, or however it was he put it.
He asked me when I first started working. I replied age 16. He replied he started working at 15 and that he's worked 50 years. He pulled out his newly issued MediCare card and told me "I worked 50 years to earn this. Now just anybody can get it.". I had to tell him Obamacare is nothing like MediCare. He insisted it was.
I went on to tell him about how MediCal works- with income restrictions and all- and how I'd recently tried the new Obamacare web site to see how what they might offer that would fit us. I found a plan that was pretty much along the lines of what I'd checked out on Blue Shield recently. That plan was $83.00 a month with a $2000 deductible.
The one we might have qualified for under Obamacare was pretty much the same thing although it was subsidized depending on one's income. Our cost would have supposedly been $2.00 a month after a tax rebate to cover the hundreds of dollars it would normally cost. It also had various things covered, or not, plus the same $2000 deductible. I told him that was hardly MediCare.
I wanted to take it further and explain a few more things along with asking him some questions about how MediCare works for him. I suspect he thought I'd be more sympathetic to what he was trying to say but he abruptly turned and walked away in a huff.
So much for a chat with someone that seems to have gotten their entire understanding of all things political listening to Sean Hannity.
It turned out we didn't qualify for the Obamacare plan, anyway, as we were already on MediCal/MediCare.