Category: Opinion

Why (IMHO) The Affordable Care Act addresses only part of the problem.

Let's start with the positive. I'm excited about Obamacare. Yes, that monthly payment is going to make a serious dent in any discretionary funds I have, but considering I'm fat, and fat is a preexisting condition, it means I'll be able to get coverage that doesn't surpass the cost of a mortgage payment. I'm excited about being able to go to the doctor again for the simple things, things any insured person would balk at not looking at, but would have cost me hundreds of dollars just to walk through the door. The old way, for me...   I had an ear infection over the summer, though there wasn't pain I had severely diminished hearing in one ear for almost 2 months while I had to wait it out. When I told people that was what was wrong they just looked at me like I was from another planet. Who doesn't go to the doctor to get the antibiotics to cure an ear infection? I didn't. I couldn't afford the $300 out of pocket to go to the doctor at that time, plus whatever they prescribed. But here we come to the crux of the problem. Even in the above example of how Obamacare will help, there is one critical component that I did not address. That is getting into the doctor in the first place. Are there enough doctors for Obamacare? I live in a region where there are waiting lists for primary care physicians, and if a specialist…

Death, Bereavement and the Digital Graveyard

I woke up this morning to see a slew of thoughts and condolences on one of my social networks. A young woman had passed unexpectedly a few days ago, leaving a husband and young children to mourn her sudden demise. The woman's online friends, a group of people spanning the world, were notified this morning when her still grieving husband logged on to her social accounts to let people that she had never even met face to face know of the loss. One of the things said by the husband was that he planned to leave her accounts open, because it's what she would have wanted. It is a truth facing those of the digital age. Our circle of friends is no longer limited by those people we have met face to face. Our only connection to some of our closest friends is established through use of mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, MMO games and online worlds. There are even friendships going back to the days of BBS and modems. I've cheered for friends who have gotten married and had children, and yet have never heard their voice. I have only seen their words online. Today we are connected in ways that our forefathers could never have imagined. However, these connections also come with a price. Namely, how do we as a species grieve when there is only a digital totem to honor the departed. Sure, there are physical sites to be visited, but how many really have the…