Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bill is back and we are both feeling icky...

I'm happy to report Bill made it back from Africa no worse for wear except for the cough he picked up and will no doubt pass on to me.  He brought me a big box of Neuhaus chocolates from CDG, where he was laid over for awhile this morning.

I feel kind of yucky today for a variety of reasons, but it's good that Bill is home.  I have missed him very much.  The bad news is, he's going to have to go back to Africa again soon.  But the good news is, the place he's going next is not as shitty as where he just went.  In fact, I may even join him on a later trip down there.

Now it's time to get slightly political.  Thursday, I posted this on Facebook...

This was posted by Senator Bernie Sanders, who writes "In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, Americans should not have to live in fear that they will go bankrupt or die because they cannot afford to take the medication they need. 35 million Americans should not have to go without the medication they need because they cannot afford it."

I had no idea this would be controversial...  I probably should have realized it would be, since it was a political post.  One of my cousins, the eldest grandchild on my dad's side of the family wrote the following...

So success is defined by having cheap drugs? Those 35 million Americans that take these drugs don't realize they are dying quicker by taking them than by doing without. We're enslaved by Big Pharma whether the price is small or great. BTW, I'm a Republican. I am 62 and don't take any medicine.

She ended up pissing off a number of my friends, including one military wife friend of mine who has to take expensive prescription drugs for the rest of her life.  Her drugs are extremely pricey and, thank God, are currently covered by Tricare.  She worries what will happen after her husband leaves the Army.

I, for one, had no idea why my cousin posted her commented about being "enslaved" by Big Pharma.  I don't really see what that has to do with the fact that necessary drugs are way overpriced.  The fact is, a lot of people have to take medications, not because they're looking for a magic pill instead of eating right and exercising, but because they have medical problems beyond their control.  And those drugs are very expensive and, for some people, unaffordable.  This is a huge problem and it needs to be addressed.

After a few more comments were posted, mostly WTFs from my friends, my cousin wrote this...

Don't mind me, I'm just Jenny's off the grid organic farmer cousin. I don't mean to be insensitive to those who really need medicine but there are drug companies and doctors who push all sorts of medicine unnecessarily. For the most part if folks would just take responsibility for their diet 3/4ths of the medicine now prescribed would not be necessary. But Medicine is big business. I live on the edge with no health care and use a lot of essential oils. I would rather pay a penalty than pump $6K a year or more into the healthcare insurance business. Call me crazy.

As a matter of fact, I do think it's crazy not to have health insurance.  Essential oils don't do dick for people who have been in catastrophic accidents or are born with congenital diseases.  And if you do end up having to go to the hospital and you rack up a huge bill that you can't pay, then everyone else has to pay for what you can't.  That's one of the main reasons why healthcare costs so much.  Yes, it's true that Big Pharma is big business, but the fact is, many people need to take drugs through no fault or responsibility of their own.

I generally hate politics and I'm not crazy about any of the candidates running for president this year. I think I like Bernie Sanders most, even though it's doubtful that he'll get elected or, even if he does, he will be able to deliver on the promises he's been making.  He just seems like more of a human being than the other frontrunners do.  

Anyway, I hate talking about politics and rarely delve into them on Facebook.  Healthcare is just a very important issue as far as I'm concerned.  I found my cousin's comments very offensive.  But since I'm not feeling that great today, I think I'll just shut up and go back to bed.


  1. I'm leaning toward voting for Bernie Sanders (in spite of my buddy Chuck and not because of him) even though it doesn't seem like he has much of a chance. If charges against Hillary go anywhere, however, Who knows what may happen?

    I'm incredibly skeptical of claims regarding essential oils, in part because so many Mormons are high up on the pyramids with this particular product. still, i don't actually care what any consenting adult does or does not do with essential oils; I just don't want preaching, testimonials, or sales pitches related to them.

    I'm glad the retired Lt. Col. is home.

    1. Yeah, he's home... not for long, though. He's going back to Africa next Sunday for another week. I am not very happy about it, but what can I do?


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