Jul 1, 2009

My former employer, Tedious Systems provides medical coverage for retirees like me. They are not obliged to and they can choose to stop anytime they see fit. Each month I pay $193 and Tedious pays $535. That's $6420 that Tedious pays each year on behalf of me. Back to me in a minute. The dunderheads in Congress are trying to come up with a plan to make sure everyone in the good old US of A has health coverage. You no doubt already know that. They are arguing, the Dems and Repubs over something called the public option. Dems love it, Repubs, not so much. I think that public option means they want to make something like Medicare an option for all Americans. An alternative to the coverage we have now. That is a fine and noble goal. Who isn't in favor of health care for all? Okay a mess of far right-wingers, but what normal people? Unfortunately, the plan is being crafted by the staffs of 535 of the dumbest bastards on the planet. So, expect calamity. The latest and greatest from their planning is an annual fee to be paid by companies not providing health insurance to their employees. The plan calls for $750 annually for each full-timer not covered and $375 per part-timer. If you have 100 folks, you can either subsidize their health coverage or pay the Feds $75,000 per year. If I'm Tedious Systems, I'm dropping old Merle on day one. $750 per year is way less that $6420 per year, if I do the math correctly. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


Reya Mellicker said...

There was a great article in the New Yorker a few weeks ago about the nature of health care in America, how expensive and stupid it has become. He says it really doesn't matter who signs the checks, if we don't revamp the system itself, no one and nothing is going to be able to afford it.

Cheerful, aren't I?

Re your last post: celebrity deaths bring the Grim Reaper into the group mind. I always think it's God's way of saying, "Listen up, y'all - it could happen at any second!" To me it's a heads up moment giving us the opportunity to remember that life is short and so maybe our priorities should reflect that. Helps us stop taking things for granted.

I think the superstition about deaths coming in three's is not about demographics but a certain kind of consciousness about death, such as we can take it in, that is. Such as we can comprehend our mortality.

Love to you, Merle. L'chaim!

Kurt said...

We don't seem to be able to fix much of anything.

Barbara said...

I'm fairly sure that those of us who are already well covered will end up paying the price for covering everyone else. Where else is the money going to come from if we don't?

mum said...

I think Barbara's right. Granted, smarter planners would be better than dumber in this case, but no matter the brains of the incumbents (or lack thereof), there's no way to reform the system neatly.

It was put together by Rube Goldberg, he's the only one who'd know how to add the extra doodad to the springy coil to keep it bonking along.

Unfortunately, as you know, Rube died a while back and left no instructions about the Health Care system.

Good luck with Tedious Systems, Merle.

Megan said...

Looks to me like you did the math right. But is it fuzzy math?