That appears to be the butcher's bill for Key's aortic aneurysm, all in. Thankfully virtually everyone involved was within the network, so her maximum out-of-pocket on this thaumaturgy of American health care will be a thousand dollars. Incredible. I would have to say that, at least in our instance, private health insurance works.
Some interesting items, though: the miracle surgery? The doctor charged $18,152. That seems like a bargain, when you consider the hospital charged $24,621 for "supplies". That's a lot of fucking gauze. Another thing: the vascular surgeon in Gainesville who merely pumped her with painkillers and blood pressure medicine while he wrung his hands and mopped his sweaty upper lip in desperation while I insisted she be removed to St. Joseph's or Emory charged $6,681. For essentially doing nothing until he finally got a consulting cardiologist on the phone who said Get her to Emory, you limp dick.
Certainly, some of the charges are a wee bit suspect, but the point is the wheels went into motion immediately, by and large. The system worked. I don't doubt in our instance the insurance company will ever recoup that $97 thousand in premiums, but it's a numbers game, and they hold the actuarial cards, not us. Plus, I've paid health insurance premiums for 30 years, with no claims other than the occasional annual check up or back pain visit. If I'd put my premiums in a nice growth fund I'd have considerably more than the $97 thousand to offset Key's expenses. That's how the game works.
Here's the thing: how can we permit public servants to ram third world health care down our throats while they simultaneously innoculate themselves with a premium health care plan? That is my greatest bitch. I don't give a damn fuck all about term limits. We have the remedy for incumbency at the ballot box. What we do not have is a mandate that our public servants abide by the same laws they force the rest of us to abide by. And there isn't a single member of Congress who would vote for such a law, much less sponsor it.
They fancy themselves the elite, the Shit Don't Stinkers. Well, fuck that. The only constitutional amendment I want to see is the one that feeds congressmen into the same maw of social engineering that the rest of us are fed into. From public education to medical treatment to retirement plans to tax laws, these criminals should be subject to the same laws they foist upon the hoi polloi.
Better yet, let's put Congress on Medicaid, so they can wait in the emergency rooms and clinics with the cholerics, dyphtherioids, consumptives, pellagratives, measlers/mumpers/rubellics, pertussulites, Ebolaslags, and bacon double Marburgers. Or subject them to a reverse Tuskegee experiment, wherein instead of taking syphilitics and studying them while doing nothing for the symptoms, we actually infect them with syphilis, and perform experimental treatments gleaned from the annals of the rejected grant applications from the NEA. Got yer Piss Christ enema right here, Senator.
Now, I think, we're getting somewhere.
Posted by Velociman at October 8, 2009 4:52 PM