I'm taking Thursday and Friday off this week. Part of the reason is
that I have the time and could really use a vacation, and another part
is that I wanted to make some appointments to get some things done
that I've been meaning to do, namely an eye exam and a massage. Sure,
the massage is frivolous, but i've been saying for 3 years that I
really wanted to treat myself to one, but I still haven't managed to
do it. So Friday was to be the day.
And it's about time I update my eye prescription again. For the past
several years my prescription has changed dramatically within 8 months
of being updated, so I make a point of getting an exam every spring so
that I can continue to look ahead while I walk on the sidewalk instead
of admiring the cracks in it, and so i will be able to see no matter
where I sit in a lecture hall (though I prefer the front anyway, but
you don't always get the option). So I was all set for my eye exam on
But then today I got a call from my eye doctor's office. I used to be
doubly insured for vision, both through my work insurance, and for
some reason my dad's insurance was still covering me, even last year,
which I thought was strange. 25 must be the cutoff age for parental
bennies, though, because at 26 I'm no longer covered under my dad's
And a month or so ago I received a new insurance card in the mail
saying my plan had been updated. I examined the card and noted that my
copay rates have risen by 5 dollars, and then I promptly tossed the
information booklet detailing my new and improved healthcare coverage
in the trash. I figured I'd learn of all the ways they were planning
to rape me firsthand rather than bore myself with insurancese. And,
yep, they've officially dropped vision coverage from my plan. No no,
don't bother to grease up, i'll just bend over and you can rape me
dry. So I am uninsured, and the eye doctor quoted 50-60 for the exam,
another 50 or so for the contact fitting (which is bullocks if you ask
me; just tell me my prescription and I'll put my own damn contacts in,
thank you very much), and then the cost of however many boxes of
contacts I wanted to purchase. So I'm guessing at least 150, and I
had been planning to get new lenses in my glasses as well, but I'm
sure that would tack on at least another 50. So altogether that would
be 200 bucks I wasn't planning to spend. So much for a relaxing
weekend. And that just makes me feel guilty about splurging another 50
bucks for a massage.
So now I'm sitting here when I should be sleeping worrying about the
fact that I am not even halfway to meeting the savings goal I set out
for myself at the beginning of the year, and hidden expenses keep
popping up. I've also got some repairs to do to my car which may or
may not have to be done before I can pass my inspections next month.
If my brake work needs to be done, that could be a 600 dollar repair.
Makes me consider just scrapping the damn thing.
Anyway, I think I'm going to call off my eye exam, since it feels
irresponsible to pay that kind of money right now, and anyway, I think
my old prescription has held up better this year than it usually does.
I can still see pretty well. Maybe i'll go to one of those cheapy eye
centers and just have them do my prescription, then I'll order my
preferred brand of contacts online.
And I'm not sure about the massage. I was looking forward to it. Maybe
I'll still go.
Everyone keeps bitching about the evils of socialized healthcare
systems. Well you know what? I don't feel secure in our system of
private insurance companies who take my monthly fee and then look for
any possible way to deny or cut my coverage. Health shouldn't be a for-
And if you hate socialism so much, then why don't you go ahead and
stay out of the public libraries and parks, pay to put your kids
through private school, fill your own potholes (which admittedly seems
to be a good idea sometimes), and answer your own emergency calls.