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How My Health Care Costs Affect Others

My health care costs take up a large portion of our income. You may say “So that is your problem”. Actually it becomes a lot of peoples problems. I have five animals who do not get yearly exams and dental cleanings like they used to. The veterinarian is losing hundreds of dollars. Multiply that by other clients who are cutting back and he may have to cut back and lose an employee. Then that employee suffers. I canceled all service contracts with plumbing, hvac, and pest control companies. Again if others have to do the same those companies will lose employees. Some of these employees will lose insurance adding to the health care problem. I rarely get a hair cut any more. Clothes come from the Goodwill. We will not buy another car until the house is paid off in ten years. We will not be going on vacation. I have not flown since the eighties. The mall is a place to walk for exercise in bad weather. Even the hardware store is seeing less of us. I closed down most of my credit cards so banks and stores are not making money on interest. Eating out is rare and far between. If you work in fast food you are out of luck with my business. I even had to quit my yoga class due to cost.
I used to give to charity. Now I have nothing to spare. Yes many people and organizations are hurting as more and more of us have to put a large portion of our income into our medical costs. It is no different for a State or the Country.

4 Comments

  1. Jeff

    February 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Mr. O’Conner, are you saying that you are a Keynesian?

    I dare say, if the State or the Federal governments did not take so much of your income that you might be able to afford all of those services and objects that you desire. If you think that GovCo. is capable of spending your money more wisely than you I hope that your yoga instructor has a day job lined up.

    Spending our way out of this….. thats like drinking your way out of the bottom of a lake, it ain’t gonna happen.

  2. IBXer

    February 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Get a real job and stop wasting all your damned money on Alpo.

  3. Lou Meyers

    February 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Pretty harsh, boys.

    Alex is spot on in her assessment and you know she’s right. The question is — what are we going to do about it?

    That graveyard you keep whistling past — there is room in it for all of us.

  4. IBXer

    February 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    “Alex is spot on in her assessment and you know she’s right.”

    There is absolutely nothing correct about the broken window fallacy. That is why it is called a fallacy.