Universal Healthcare

September 30, 2013

The United States needs universal health care for thirty-million uninsured Americans many of whom are disabled.  Universal health care would drive health care costs down and eliminate waiting lists for specialized equipment like electric wheelchairs.  But Republicans will protect the insurance companies keeping the disabled disenfranchised.  People with some money don’t want to share it with the uninsured!  The insurance companies have too much money and power over the Republican Congress.  The Republicans are going to shut down the government to keep the insurance companies happy. If some insurance companies can giving money to Republicans for reelection and build beautiful golf courses, then these profitable companies can afford to insure people with preexisting health care conditions at no charge.  Greed only hurts people who don’t have much say in the world. 

Looney Tunes

September 24, 2013

Here’s an example of why Medicaid is going broke and needs to be reformed.  I needed a new back for my manual wheelchair costing three hundred dollars, but Medicaid refused to pay it.  Medicaid was willing to buy a new manual wheelchair, which costs between two and three thousand dollars.  Does it make sense to replace a three-year-old manual wheelchair instead of replacing the back?  I had to buy the new back myself.  That’s why Medicaid needs to be reformed! 

I go to the hospital this week to have my teeth cleaned.  I will have to be sedated for the dentist to work on my teeth.  I haven’t been to a dentist since I was a teenager.  Most dentists won’t work on a physically disabled person and Medicaid doesn’t like to pay for dental work for the physically disabled.  A year ago, my gums started to bleed and I had bad breath.  My case manager found a dentist who was willing to take me after several attempts to find a dentist.  One dentist even refused to look in my mouth and treated me as if I was mentally retarded.  Hopefully, I can eat my favorite foods like steak, apples and French bread for years to come.

September 11

September 10, 2013

The care attendant stood next to the client sitting in an electric wheelchair waiting for an elevator.  People ran past them screaming, “Get out now!  The towers are falling!”  “You go,” said the disabled person to the attendant.  The attendant stayed with the disabled person.      Walls and ceilings started to fall.  The floor started to collapse swallowing the two of them up in an instant into the massive pile of rubble.  Days passed until some rescue workers discovered a person’s body draped over the disabled individual shielding it from debris.  A moment of silence was given with the American flag waving above the two people on a perfect sunny day.  The recuse workers wondered who these people were and the stories behind their lives.  The news media never told the story of the attendant and the wheelchair-bound person to the general public. 



September 1, 2013

The regular football season begins this week.  Football is like writing, publishing and women.  Football goes up and down like life.  That’s why I love it!