Imagine a world where health care reform meant doing away with insurance companies entirely. Why have the middle-man? Or, if we needed some sort of payer investment system, imagine it as a non-profit. I don’t think we should use tax dollars to line the pockets of insurance companies. I would rather that money go to health care providers.
But who is listening to me anyway. It seems those driving healthcare policy are completely unwilling to think outside the insurance system box. It’s a shame.
And I don’t even care if I sound like a lunatic. A more incompetent bunch of losers never occupied the earth (oh wait, there was the last US administration). Useless useless useless. You might think I would be sympathetic since my mom works there. I’m not. They steal every second the possibly can from her. She is a rural carrier. This means they do “mail counts” to determine how long a route should take and pay accordingly. Every year during this count, all the bulk mail magically disappears! Isn’t that amazing?! During most mail days, she has between eight and twelve feet of bulk mail. During count it is only one foot tall or less! Unbelievable. The net result is they claim her route should take seven hours when it takes over ten, and she is fast. She’s been doing it for twenty years. It’s been this way the last several years; every count the amount paid for each route goes down. Now they are making those with the most seniority work six days a week. Ever wonder why workers go postal? This may contain the clue.
As for me personally? I think someone somewhere is just fucking stupid. I sent three packages parcel post from Honolulu, Hawaii, on 10/28/2008. I have a receipt for these three packages. Two of the packages arrived a week and a half ago. One did not arrive. I went in and asked about it and was told it could not be tracked because it was parcel post, even with the receipt.
Today, DECEMBER 1, I receive a postage due, FINAL notice that if I do not come pick up the package by DECEMBER 1, the package will be returned. I received this notice AFTER the post office closed December 1. This is the ONLY notice I have received, EVER. I called the post office to attempt to ascertain what was going on. I was informed after an extended hold that the package was still there and they would hold it (good thing because the wrath they would have incurred had they sent it back would have been that of the devil).
And the cherry on this little sugar cake? I was informed the package had NO POSTAGE on it and I would have to pay AGAIN to get my package even with the receipt. I paid over forty-five dollars to send this package.
I have had so many problems with the post office, and now it wants to STEAL forty-five more dollars from me. It is the WORST organization ever created (next to Enron and Walmart). No wonder people go postal–the morons who can’t figure out how to deliver a package or affix postage really ought to be removed from “service.”