I’m still pissed today – my wife is at home under a blanket, and I’m taking tranquilizers to try to deal with the fucking government so she can see a doctor

Fucking thank you Obama!  Fucking thank you Merkley!

This is the state of that shit you did to me, against my wishes, and sold to us on a plate of lies.  Smoke and fucking mirrors and you two are bastards for it.  Everyone who voted for and supports the ACA is a motherfucking useless, dishonest piece of human shit – you sold it to us on a bed of lies, and, what makes this unforgivable – no one in your organization, the federal government, understands this bill enough to navigate it – and I mean no one, even the people in charge of it, can navigate this complexity.  You shoved that level of shit down our throats and plugged up our assess with wads of legislation – and you have the *gall* to demand that we treat you with civility?  Fuck you.

So wife is home – she took some ibuprofen for the soreness in her legs and has a bit of a cold.  She slept late today and had a hard time waking up.  She’s sniffling a lot.  We suspect that there are significant allergens in our new bedroom (we swapped with our daughter), which is putting our immune systems under stress.  Gonna get a rug-shampooer because we suspect it’s the result of dirt built up in the carpet from daughter spilling stuff and not cleaning it up properly.  In the meantime we both have a bit of bronchial irritation in the mornings, after we’ve spent several hours in our bedroom.  We feel better if we sleep on the sofa downstairs.

But wife also has had a pain moving around her legs over the last few weeks.  If we were at our other home, we’d have any of the dozens of local massage therapists or other similar healers take a stab at it.  There are dozens within walking distance, or a quick jump on a 100cc motorbike, away.  There is no “going online” and “trying to track down a provider” and “negotiating insurance and payment terms” – there is only community knowledge, friendships, reputation and recommendation – something like $5-$20 an hour or so, and different folks have better reputations for taking on different ailments.  Today, I would walk across the street to the trio of women – two generations of family and a few friends – who run a laundry shop.

I would walk up to this trio and I’d ask “my wife’s leg is hurting – but the pain is moving around, sometimes here, here, or here like this” (and with that here, here, or here like this I am gesturing around my leg).  I describe the sort of pain, but that the muscle always feels loose, not seized up.  Then I’d ask for suggestions and probably later I’d take my wife over to one – if it is far maybe it will be a minute or so ride on a 100cc scooter,  and the healer would either make another referral, or would help out.  It would be $5-$20 for a treatment ($20 would be way high, usually $10, often less) – the healer would thumb around, putting years of experience to the test and their reputation on the line, and suggest something “I could do this, we could try that” and you make a decision and see if helps you feel better.  These are trained, experienced massage therapists, often folks who have engaged in lifelong practices of professional improvement.  There’s nothing quite like a 58 year old woman working the kink out of your shoulder using massage techniques passed down for thousand or more years – it’s not candles and magic, it’s not kids trying to make you feel better or give you happy endings – this is a woman or man, who has, for several decades, demonstrated a reliable competence in helping cope with the muscular stresses and strains of daily life.  They are quite good and you do feel better – at least enough for you to stand and shell shrimps at the cannery for 8 hours so that the fine customers at a Zupan’s 15 time zones away will never go without.

No – here, here it takes several hours to try to figure out how OAR 410-120-1280 and CAWEM interact – because, if you read the damn law, non-critical care is not covered by CAWEM – CAWEM is not an ACA compliant medicaid program – it is the only one, but it is clearly documented that it is not ACA-compliant.  My wife will have to pay the Tax Penalty, no matter what, for 3.5 more years or provide her own MEC-compliant health insurance *in addition to* her existing health insurance, which is also non MEC-compliant.  Got it so far?  Good – let’s say it again (I have repeated this well over 1000 times – but it is beyond the capacity of our legislators and administrators to even understand this): wife has non MEC compliant primary health insurance, and had a non MEC compliant catastrophic policy – after months of working with CoverOregon, the non compliant policy was replaced by CAWEM, a catastrophic-only OHP program providing lesser coverage but activating OAR 410 120-1280, the state law that makes it illegal for a provider to accept money from patients receiving OHP medicaid benefits.

The effect is clear:

(a) had Obama kept is promise we would have kept our original insurance and it would cost me $85 to see a doctor.

(b) Obamacare, in conjunction with state laws, effectively blocks access to health care for non-critical cases

Thanks a fucking lot, you fucking fucks.  Give me my god damn health care back – just get the fuck out of my business, stop protecting me to death.  I do *not* want your fucking protections, because you fuck up every fucking thing you touch you motherfucking incompetent federal fucknuts!

 

 

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