Q-ANON WAS TAKEN. LET’S TRY Z-ANON
If we didn’t have a president who is older than me, I’d think we were in a conspiracy to kill off all the expensive old people in the U.S.A. First, there was T**** not bothering to (a) have a plan to manage the Coronavirus, (b) failing to order sufficient vials of vaccine and actually turning down another million doses when offered, and (c) being a complete moron.
The idiocy doesn’t stop at the top. Stupidity is like water seeking the sea. It dribbles down from Federal to State to towns and villages. Does anyone remember “Trickle-down Economics”? No matter how many times they tried it as “economic policy,” it failed? In case you aren’t American, trickle-down economics means you give all the money to rich people. You assume that the rich will use the money to help we lesser folk. You know by creating new jobs, building new places to work, giving raises to the deserving. The money “trickles down.” What could possibly go wrong with this plan?
Oh Marilyn, stop being so petty. They wouldn’t do that, would they?
I just keep thinking how they keep referring to Social Security and Medicare as “entitlements.” Never mind that we paid for this throughout our working years. Our Medicare payments were bigger than the taxes we paid and we paid a lot of taxes. Sometimes, we paid such monumental taxes, we felt like we were funding a small country somewhere else. After fifty years of paying for Social Security and Medicare, it’s an “ENTITLEMENT” and we should feel lucky we get anything at all.
We didn’t work hard enough? It’s not like we get a lot of money, either. Together, Garry and I get about $3000 a month, more than half of which goes to pay the mortgage and the rest of it which pays for utilities, food, medication, co-payments to doctors. We already pay (together) about $500/month (it might be more) from our Social Security for Medicare. It’s not free. Did you think it was free?
Medicaid (or, around here, it’s called “MassHealth”) is free, but you have to be so poor you can’t afford your own place to live to get it. Theoretically, if you are disabled, you should automatically get it in addition to Medicare, but the day you turn 65, the amount of money that tags you as “poor enough” to get Medicaid is lowered so that it’s actually less than the amount you get from Social Security. So if you get social security, you are already “too rich” to get Medicaid and are left paying big money for medications (which are NOT free or even close) and everything else that isn’t covered by Medicare — dental, eye tests, eyeglasses, hearing tests, and hearing aids. All of those are considered “cosmetic.”
Who knew teeth were cosmetic? I’ve had so many pulled, I actually can’t eat nuts anymore. I don’t have enough grinding teeth left and I can’t afford dentures or implants. Actually, I can barely afford regular cleanings.
I’m ranting and I don’t care. I’m just so pissed off that at this point in my life, having by one minor miracle or another survived so many surgeries I really can’t remember all of them, I am heading into my 74th birthday and can’t get a vaccination because I’m not OLD ENOUGH. Despite the heart surgery, spine surgery, spinal arthritis, lack of an actual stomach and two types of cancer, not to mention asthma — I don’t have enough “co-morbidities.” How many replacement valves, implanted imitation breasts, replacement pouches pretend to be a stomach, twisted spinal columns — and I’m sure there’s more, but who can remember? — do you need to entitle you to get a vaccination against a virus that will kill you if you catch it?
I’m having a bad case of enough is enough. I can’t fix this. I can’t change the idiotic way vaccinations are being doled out in this state. The rigidity, the lack of communications, the failure to have ANY vaccination site available in Worcester County — literally, not even our one major hospital or pharmacy, clinic, or doctor. Even the first responders and medical workers — if they didn’t get vaccinated on site at work , if they live in Worcester County would have had to travel at least 75 to 100 miles to stand in line to get a vaccination. What if someone doesn’t have a car or doesn’t drive? Is having a car a requirement for getting a vaccination too?
I’m very bent out of shape. This is possibly why I don’t feel like writing. I’m just too mad to want to write and I’m so mad I can’t help it.