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Let’s throw it back to an earlier Thursday when chemo and radiation were not on my mind—but saving democracy and the Earth were. Let’s throw it back to Loren Nancarrow the troublemaker—the guy who says what he believes even at the risk of sharing a point of view that is unpopular. I do this to spur conversation and not to alienate. If you’ve read my posts in the past or heard me speak, you know I am, at times, distrustful of big business. The profit motive has led corporations to do things that are harmful to people, to the planet and to our system of government. When billions of dollars are at stake, the effects of sugary soft drinks on customers’ health are easy to overlook. When trillions of dollars are at stake, it’s understandable how oil companies see benefits in denying climate change. Don’t get me wrong—I’m a believer in free enterprise and know it’s the reason I’ve grown up in relative comfort. Still, when our government is beholden to big corporations and decisions are made for their benefit, rather than ours, we face great peril. That’s the case too often these days.
My recent experiences have led me to add the health insurance industry to my list of business-bad-guys. For the first time in my life, I’ve seen that the health insurance industry is not our friend. As you can imagine, the bills and the insurance company’s response to them are stacking up. It has taken a very short time to see that insurers try to wear down the insured in order to keep from paying the cost of claims. Some examples: my oncologist is using a combination of radiation and chemotherapy, the “standard of care” for my particular brain cancer. The insurance company began by approving 5 pills instead of the 23 prescribed—forcing us to fight for the remaining 18. Meaning the medicine will not arrive in time to be dispensed as prescribed. That same insurance company denied the emergency MRI that discovered my brain tumor—because it wasn’t pre-approved. Eventually, I believe they’ll approve the necessary treatments. But not without a battle—at a time when what we really need is peace. I mention this as part of my awakening to the frustrations already faced by so many of you.
Health insurance is expensive. It should be there for those who need it. It should help people get better. I’m not sure if the new healthcare act is an improvement but from what I’ve learned so far is consumers in the current insurance system deserve an upgrade from what’s offered. So let’s get out there Americans and fight fight fight! For better food! For cleaner air! For a health insurance system that actually helps us get healthy!
Ah, there. I’ve gotten my political rant out of the way. Now, let’s have some fun. Next time: the real Ron Burgundy—tales of San Diego news in the ’80s. Glasses were bigger, sideburns were longer and pants were rarely worn behind the anchor desk.