So yesterday I lost my health insurance. The COBRA from my last job ran out. And I don’t have a new job to replace it.
The ironic thing is, the prospects for health insurance don’t look much better than just coughing it up at Prompt Care. I know at least two people with job-provided health insurance that has such high deductibles, it’s almost not worth it.
And another friend of mine was researching purchasing health insurance on his own, only to find – he’s one of those people who combs through all the tiny print – that every single one he investigated has a clause saying they won’t pay if you get sick.
Which, I thought, was the whole freaking point.
So, no health insurance, what do you do? Some ideas:
- Take vitamins.
- Wash your hands.
- Cross the street carefully.
- Ignore lumps and pains.
- Turn into a Christian Scientist.
When I was a kid, my parents were impoverished missionaries by choice, but we lived in California in the 70s, and there were free clinics everywhere.
One of my exes took a lot of Niacin and Goldenseal to deal with tooth infections when he didn’t have dental insurance.
In my head, the line from that song: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
I think I would like all politicians to experience this. And to know that not having health insurance – or a job – is not a function of choice or delinquency. It can happen to the most industrious and well-intentioned of persons… just like poverty, homelessness, cancer…
So, if you’re germy, stay away!
I’m off to do some tai chi, visualizing a robust immune system…