(Getty Images)OK, look, I've avoided this whole health care issue, right? In fact, the hideousness of the debate over this subject led (in part) to me quitting blogging for, like, totally, like, three months last year (an eternity in blogtime). Ick. Blecccch. Uck. Such an annoying thing on the TV and the blogs and the facebooks.
So whatever, but I fully noticed something today! I went to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. Oh, I know, boring. But! You all know I'm a fed. That means I've got this, like, what do they call it? A Cadillac plan? With leather interior? Right. Actually, it's Kaiser Permanente, a plan that sounds fancier than it is, because it sounds vaguely European. My prescription is no big deal other than it totally stops me from dying 'n' stuff. Fun!
Here's what I finally noticed today at the bottom of my receipt for drugs:
KP price: 3147.65
You pay: 60.00
Holy shit. Is that for real? Is that just marketing? Yes? No? Gosh. I'm not playing dumb; I really am dumb when it comes to things like this.
So what if you're not me? What if you don't have health insurance? If you can't afford health insurance, I'm figuring you can't afford 3147.65 for two months worth of drugs that you have to refill every two months for, like, forever, to totally stop you from dying 'n' stuff.
So I guess if you're not like me, you just go ahead and die, because staying alive is too expensive. Bummer!
This message has been brought to you by Kaiser Permanente. Haw, kidding.
WTF? OK, I honestly don't understand this stuff. Really! My eyes glaze over. Am I getting something wrong? Seriously, it's fine to tell me I'm misunderstanding this. Either I'm just utterly missing something here or I'm late to the "something is terribly wrong" party.
I know this post is stupid and naive. I know I'm stupid and naive about certain things. Damn, though, fuck! At least I admit it.