You only think you have insurance -- the saga continues
When last we left moose and squirrel at Big Insurance Bites Falls, your humble typist was being forcibly switched from a prescription that worked (and had for years) to one that not only didn't, but which gave me a debilitating, long-lasting headache.
The nurse at my doctor's office had also personally found that formulation a FAIL, but my kindly insurance provider decided it was more profitable to move me to the crap meds, so after my unpleasant results with it, I tried to go untreated.
The symptoms were both painful and destructive, so I broke down and called my pharmacy to see if I could buy my old prescription full-price. Nope -- my helpful insurer had somehow gotten my old prescription canceled.
I had to get my doctor's office to phone in a new one. The price (not counting the money wasted on our insurance plan and the non-refundable price of the bad medicine): $211.00/month. The only bright spot: I was able to knock about $40 off the price by being a AAA member.
Meanwhile, I'm supposed to wait patiently for a letter to possibly arrive possibly accepting a "pre-authorization" for the effective and side-effect free medication I've been using for several years. Whether to keep paying, taking ineffective and unpleasant drugs, or to go "naked" on treatment is my choice. This must be what Howard Dean means when he claims most Americans are happy with their insurance -- this situation is as "uniquely American" as it gets.
Let us all celebrate the Democrats' plan to drive 40-million more Americans into the clutches of these insurance parasites, while somewhere between zero and 5% of Americans may possibly get access to a "public option" under terms made in accordance with whatever the insurance industry deems tolerable.