Healthcare should not be this way!: “The happiest day for me was when I turned 65,” she said. “At midnight, I cried with joy. And two weeks after that, I had to have gallbladder surgery.”
As I sat at a table waiting to be checked out again as a living book at the local college, I was speaking to a woman north of 65 years old about Medicare Advantage and healthcare in general. She then said something that lit me up.
“The happiest day for me was when I turned 65,” she said. “At midnight, I cried with joy. And two weeks after that, I had to have gallbladder surgery.”
WOW! WOW! WOW! Had she needed surgery 2 weeks earlier, she could have gone bankrupt. I took out my phone and asked her if I could video her story. She accepted.
The woman was an adjunct professor. Universities and colleges get the use of well-educated people that teach thousands of their students for a fixed fee that is generally effectively less than minimum wage. Worse, there are no benefits. To pay the bills, many adjunct professors go from one college system to the next to get as many contracts as they can.
This nice lady said she got her well-woman exams and service at planned parenthood for free. She said at times, she had to be on government assistance. She had to go through hoops as she did not have health insurance until she turned 65 and qualified for Medicare.
Her story is the story of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, too many Americans suffer in silence. Imagine if these productive citizens who often, because of the luck of the draw, do not have health insurance were to find a way to unite and demand a humane healthcare system.
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