Another log on the health care debate fire

I just got a letter from my prescription drug insurance company, saying that their new primary method for filling maintenance scrips — e.g. metformin and simvastatin — will be by mail order through them. In fact, though I may choose to have the first and second filling of the next prescription done otherwise, they will not pay for the third unless I get it by mail order (and, presumably, this will continue thereafter). So, goodbye to my long-term pharmacy CVS, except for those rare instances where I need something like a sinus med. I won’t even be able to have my doctor’s office fill the script, and they just built a spiffy little pharmacy for that purpose.

I am so happy to have private health insurance so that the government is not telling me how to spend my health care dollars or with whom. One of the arguments by opponents of single-payer health care is that citizens wouldn’t be able to choose their own doctor, and by extension other health care personnel (like, say, pharmacists). Well, why suffer through the government doing that, when private industry can do that just as well. Don’t you feel more capitalist now, citizen?


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I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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One Response to Another log on the health care debate fire

  1. keep your government hands off my medicare!

    It’s also nice to have a private system where the practice of medicine is handled by doctors and not a massive group of bureaucrats. Oh, wait. Nevermind.

    Another argument of private-system fans is that if we get government-sponsored healthcare there’ll be all these long wait times for tests and treatment. But yay, I get to have a nice long wait time with the private system! And if I have a heart attack in the meantime, my insurance company will cover me, no problem. Um?

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