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Examiner
  • Annie Dear: I've joined the ranks of the insurance-less

  • It is a very salutary lesson indeed to learn, so far along in life, that one can feel humbled.



    So here I sit, cap in hand, viewing my humble pie before me, dear reader, knowing now that I have learned finally, I must succumb to the powers that be, those figures of authority against whom I have so chafed over the years, to know that I have been wrong all along.

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  • It is a very salutary lesson indeed to learn, so far along in life, that one can feel humbled.
    So here I sit, cap in hand, viewing my humble pie before me, dear reader, knowing now that I have learned finally, I must succumb to the powers that be, those figures of authority against whom I have so chafed over the years, to know that I have been wrong all along.
    After all, who was I to cast derision and scorn upon the insurance industry?  Did I not realize then, that I know full well now, that I was a mere serf to their liege lordliness of might and right?
    Having been laid off work late last year, I am now among the medically uninsured, and according to Blue Cross, uninsurable.
    Want to know why?
    Despite having been with the company for nine years, with pretty much – at a push – three doctor visits, and one eye doctor exam a year, it appears that because I am showing the first blurry flush of developing cataracts – who’d have thought it in one as young as me – that I have become an unbearable burden on this grand institution.
    The fact that these offending films are not even close to being operable apparently has no bearing on the topic.  The fact that I can probably struggle along for a couple of years before becoming a burden on Medicare instead, evidently holds no sway with the private insurer.
    Cobra insurance was so outrageously priced it was out of our reach, and the so called State Pool will not be available to us until we are six months without insurance.
    Speaking with the underwriter – or was that the undertaker I wonder  – I protested naturally vigorously, and was met with a reply, filled with corporate pride, that I should not feel singled out, but that Blue Cross denies individual insurance to everyone it possibly can, regardless of age, real or imagined good health, race, color or creed.
    I am therefore humbled before you.  How could I have possibly doubted the wisdom that shines throughout this Great Land?
    I have been justifiably brought to my knees in the realization that money and power are all that matter, and who more wealthy or powerful than insurance companies?
    So I now entreat you, gentle reader. Over the next few years, would you mind terribly not coughing or sneezing in my direction and that if I should have the temerity to venture out in my car, could you please clear the roadways so I am in no danger of an accident?
    I have to stay well enough you see, so that I can suck the lifeblood out of the country by making it to Medicare age.
    Page 2 of 2 - Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at anniedearkc @hotmail.com.
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