I was all set to do a companion piece to my last post.  I was going to call it, “Medicare Part D: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” It was going to weigh the annual cost of the “optional” Medicare Part D insurance premiums deducted every month from Social Security benefits paid to eligible seniors in the United States against the very real risk of finding oneself in need of having to pay out of pocket at some time in one’s future for prescription pharmaceuticals that could bankrupt you in order to keep you alive.

(Like, just by way of example, $84,000 for the latest, and most effective, treatment for Hepatitis C.  What’s Hep C to you?  Well, I don’t know. But it’s estimated that four million Americans are walking around with those little Hep C suckers swimming in their blood streams and slowly destroying their livers. Many of the four million don’t even know they’re infected, because it happened before the virus became identifiable and could be screened out of blood banks.)

Then I discovered I had already written this companion piece — two years ago! (It was minus the reference to Hep C medication, which came along later. But still….)  The post was called Why Am I Paying $101 a Month for Medicare Part D?  You may even remember it if you’ve been hanging around “The Getting Old Blog” that long. And if you don’t, because you haven’t, you can certainly click the link to read it now.  The piece hasn’t aged a bit, except for the stated price of the Part D premium, which (of course) was somewhat lower two years ago. So rather than repeat myself, as old folks are wont to do, I had better change the subject.

The first thing that comes to mind as a quicky replacement post is a cartoon recently placed on our refrigerator door by Bill, who has taken to musing aloud that our life together would be even more perfect if we had a third cat.  Not so coincidentally, the cartoon is another example of someone beginning to repeat himself  (like me).  But it’s somewhat more amusing than anything I wrote, or could write again, about Medicare Part D. So here it is, even though it may very well fall flat with dog lovers.  I’ll try harder next time.


7 thoughts on “COP-OUT

  1. Hep C is totally curable. At least in Australia the treatment will be available for free from this year’s March. Of course for less than $1000.- you can get the exact same medicine delivered to your door from India.
    To charge that huge amount in the US is criminal.

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    • I can’t speak to that, Gerard. The medication of which I spoke has demonstrated a success rate with one genotype of Hep C (1B I believe), but there are as many as six floating around the bloodstream in various parts of the world, and as I understand it, the others are not responsive to this particular treatment (which is of course still patented, so there is no legal generic version on the market). As for purchasing medicine blind from India, I wouldn’t want to do that, or self-administer. But yes, to charge the huge amount being charged by pharmaceutical companies to patients who are uninsured for medication in connection with treatments for many serious diseases (not only Hep C) in the United States is indeed “criminal” — except of course it isn’t. It violates no criminal statute. ‘Nuff said about that. There’s no point in beating a dead horse. Better to complain about the cost of the insurance premiums — set by another industry driven amok by greed.


    • I was reasonably certain you would be in favor of a third cat. However, First Cat had a hard time learning to tolerate a tiny kitten (now Second Cat) three and a half years ago, when she was only three herself. I have a feeling acquiring a third one now would be hell, for us as well as for the two we already have. I feel too old for that, and they’re probably too old too. They’re both principessas. On the other hand, cartoons on the fridge door are more of an easy-come, easy-go proposition. Tired of them? Out they go!

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  2. Jools

    I know our NHS (UK) is an imperfect system, but it does eliminate that ‘what about the unexpected future expense’ worry. The thought of being bankrupted by a health issue, or unable to afford treatment, is horrific.

    I have yet to acquire my first cat. It will surely happen one day. 😉


    • Every national health service system is imperfect, Julie, but despite flaws is far far better than the ridiculous patchwork health system currently operative (sort of) in the United States, even with ObamaCare now in place. And that’s healthcare for the working population. Health coverage for the elderly (over 65), which falls under Medicare, and is understandably where I am looking now, has its own loopholes, terrible ones in some instances. As for cats, unless you plan on traveling a great deal, a friendly cat, or one acquired as a kitten, is a welcome addition to any single-person household or household where the children are already grown and gone: Something yummy to look forward to — a purring fur muff for your hands — especially during chilly evenings.

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