Sep 21, 2009

This is what has become of my two Sneedlets. They have turned into a couple of video game playing zombies. One guy, after his grandmother told him about ten times to turn off his game and get out of the car, observed, "I think I'm addicted." Mrs. Sneed and I took the boys to see the latest and greatest in kid movies, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. It was hilarious if you are six and pretty funny if you are 60. We had a birthday celebration for Daughter-in-Law Sneed, mother of Aiden and Riley yesterday. During the breakfast, Noah's tooth fell out, leaving him with the look you would expect a true Sneed to have. Like most everyone I have been trying to make heads or tails out of the health care reform mess. My vote is to take all health care out of the hands of the for-profit outfits, but then I'm not a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance companies, as is our Congress. You may have heard that there is a move afoot to tax something called "Cadillac" plans. Cadillac plans are those that provide the very best in benefits. The reasoning is that the more free care people get, the more free care they will use. A lot of it for stupid stuff. My dad was a classic example. He had three different coverages, so he paid for almost nothing. Every sniffle or ache was cause for a doctor's visit, with the attendant prescription or test. My dad's hobby was medical care and there are hundreds of thousands out there like him. Take my pal, Some Guy Named Bob for another example. Last Thursday we had to play golf late because Some Guy Named Bob had to get an MRI. He has a sore back and the doctor thought it best to check it out via an expensive test. And while he was at it, he popped in to see a professional dietitian, because that's covered too, so what the hell. How sore is Some Guy Named Bob's back? So bad that he can only make it to the golf course twice a week. Not bad for a 74-year-old guy with a bad back. At some point we have to rein in this stuff or we will broke, in addition to being sick. 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

16 comments:

The Bug said...

Wow - I didn't get an MRI on my shoulder (turned out to be a torn labrum, which the MRI didn't even show) until after a month of physical therapy. I've got cautious docs. And a shoulder that's been sore since February...

Kurt said...

I like Kaiser. I was a member in California. They own their hospitals, equipment, and doctors. Since they own the MRI machine, they can test on it all day if they like. They also had their own pharmacy, so drugs were less expensive.

Pauline said...

I thought we were already broke...

Barbara said...

We are going to have to change a whole lot of mentality before we can really fix the health care mess, if it's even possible. Unfortunately, those who are happy with their health care don't want to change a thing. Most of those who don't have health care don't want to pay a dime for it. And everybody else just wants to complain. How do you begin to dig your way out of that hole?

Karen said...

I'm not going to get into the whole health care debate, but I will say that I was rather disappointed with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It did nothing for me...

Karen said...

I'm not going to get into the whole health care debate, but I will say that I was rather disappointed with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It did nothing for me...

Megan said...

I have Kaiser.

Reya Mellicker said...

Noah is an adorable zombie without his front tooth. Say, what does the Tooth Fairy pay these days? I bet it's more than a quarter.

I agree with you - that insurance coverage is not the same thing as decent health care. The entire system is designed around profit, not just the insurance side of things. With all the dollar signs flying around, people no longer think about healing which is, after all, supposed to be the heart of the matter. Isn't it?

Reya Mellicker said...

A good doctor would tell Some Guy Named Bob to go have a massage and leave it at that. For heaven's sake!

Bella Rum said...

Pauline, you're crackin' me up.

Noah is the cutest toothless guy I've ever seen.

Steve said...

You are SO right. People with care often get way TOO MUCH care, while those with no coverage get nothing. This week's Newsweek (or was it last week's?) discussed this very phenomenon. We don't want rationing, but really, we've lost all semblance of reason when it comes to deciding what tests and treatments are best, because doctors are terrified of lawyers and some patients (and their families) want everything at all costs.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

uh oh, if I kid remarks that he might be addicted to video games, that is cause for alarm. ha ha!!

another party!! wasn't I just remarking that it sure seems like it's one party after another with the sneeds! I've heard it is double luck to lose a tooth during a birthday party!

if the movie is based on the kids book it has got to be great.... when em was little it was one of her favorite bedtime stories, ms t likes it also but isn't as crazy about it as my emma was....probably because ms t is addicted to princesses and there's nary a princess to be found.

great pics!!

Catskill Snap said...

I'm pretty sure another blogger and I will see that film on Yom Kippur. I have heard nothing but good things, so I'm excited!!!!

Coffee Messiah said...

Read the book to my son and always enjoyed the artwork myself.

I too had Kaiser, once upon a time and had no complaints, although I did have a struggle in an attempt to get another dr. for my son, when he would not listen to my concerns about getting a 5 yr old using steroids. I did finally get the change and the 2nd dr was great.

Er, what's health care and insurance now??????

I rarely remember being inside as a kid, always riding around the neighborhood or many blocks away any time I could.

Ya'll have more parties than carter has pills ; )

Nan Patience said...

I've been a bit absent Merle, but i have to say your writing has taken on a bite and wit that i'm really enjoying.

Marcia said...

Dont take this the wrong way... but Are you dead? I mean i miss you, and well if your not writing my nights are boring and lonley. COME BACK! COME BACK! COME BACK!!!

ok, hurry back Mr Sneed, Someone misses you!