It’s so easy.

It’s so easy to _________.  Not true.  With all of the gadgets in this modern world nothing is easy.  When your health is involved nothing is easy.  I used to think it was but it’s not.  If I sit too long or stand too long my body hurts (really hurts), or talk too much or too little my throat spasms (it even happens when I eat), my ears hurt with the sound of machinery braking that no one else can hear, my lower back hasn’t been without pain in so many years that I’ve forgotten when it didn’t hurt, my shoulders have started to pop when I just reach for something and that’s when I can get them to reach for something (the last part doesn’t happen much), my legs just give out whenever they feel like it, of course I could go on and on and on, I’m not kidding.  I know that this makes me sound very old, but I’m not, I’m going to be 53 tomorrow! 

2017 is not easy.  The stock market is up and unemployment is down.  Health care is a mess no matter which side of the issue you’re arguing.  Those are big issues.  I’m trying to focus on little ones, like why my new iPhone (my first by the way) keeps coming up with this screen that has nothing to do with what I’m trying to do.  How about just getting a cup of coffee, if you go out to get one you need to know how to order it or you’re holding up the line and if you order just black coffee you’re told you could have made that at home, but you can’t do that easily either.  I’ve been through 5 Keurig machines in 6 years (those are the coffee makers that you just pop a pod in and press the button); I’m currently using a Ninja.  Its fun to learn to grind, pour, store, and all of that again, but it’s still not easy by any means.  Many books that I’d like to read are not in print they didn’t come out long ago and didn’t sell well so they’re in the cloud for one to buy.  Amazing! 

I took so much for granted when I was younger because I thought that it was easy.  Looking back I can say that most of what I did in my life was not easy because it required me putting myself out there as I’m doing now, except now I’m older, wiser, and more prepared for what will come at me. 

So, it’s so easy to …. do nothing.  Even that’s not true.

Unintended consequences of ACA/Obamacare.

Sadly there are many side effects of ACA/Obamacare that are not being reported by the media or anyone else.  Did you know that doctors today cannot get paid by the insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare, or anyone without doing a few things at each visit.  They need to check your weight, blood pressure, temperature, eyes, ears, or tongue and your pulse.  Also, they must diagnose you with something.  As a result, individuals are being diagnosed with illness they don’t have and/or are being giving prescriptions they don’t need.  Also, specialists like neurologist are now diagnosing 1 out of every 3 patients with Functional Neurological Disorder.  It’s in your head!  Can you believe it.  Here we are in the 21st Century and they’ve resulted to Freudianisms to diagnose patients!  Women are being told on a regular basis now that it’s either in their head, it’s a feminine issue, or fibromyalgia.  WHAT!  Frankly this is quite outrageous and bordering on malpractice.

Another side effect  to ACA is that people who have insurance can’t go to the doctor because they can’t afford to have insurance and pay the deductibles.  Resulting, since January 2017, in a 20% increase of deaths related to influenza.  Yes, the flu.  People of dying from the flu because they don’t want to spend the money they need to survive to go to the doctor. Really.  K5 news in Seattle reported 114 deaths statewide from the flu in January 2017,  97 of them who died were 65 or older!

These are just two examples of so very many that I found.  I meet with a group of individuals, like myself, who can’t find a diagnosis for our ailments.  Perhaps we have a combination of problems that don’t normally go together.

In my opinion, the true loss of healthcare in the United States is the government trying to save a forest without looking at the trees.