Which door would you choose?
Random Thoughts, Musings, and Interests of Peter C. Frank: Perpetually single, sometimes-activist, sometimes-advocate. Gay. Disabled. Brainiac. Techno geek. Gadget Freak. Republican. Technocrat. Intellectual. Human Being.
Oh, the trials and tribulations of living on Social Security Disability Income with Medicare health insurance!
|The Rising Cost of Healthcare in the USA|
Labels: Disability, Government, Government Insanity, Health Care, Health Insurance, Healthcare, Insurance, Life, Living With Disability, Medical Coverage, Mental Health, Prescriptions, Social Security
I don't care what your religion is, or what your view of Pope Francis is. I implore you to watch this -- it's less than 10 minutes long. The wisdom in his words is simply amazing. This is someone who is speaking #truth about our world, our communities, and he needs -- and deserves -- to be heard. Listen to the #truth this man is speaking about, and bring some #HOPE into your lives./
|Pope Francis with T-Shirt, "Water worth more than gold"|
Just sit back and watch this awesome video from National Geographic!
It should come as no surprise to those who know or follow me online that I suffer from dysthymia compounded with episodes of major depressive disorder as well as some anxiety disorders (general, social, performance).
Dear Mr. Gray,I write on behalf of my father, a United States Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War, who recently moved (just before Thanksgiving) to Congressman Amodei's district in Reno, NV.My father went to the emergency room of the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System in Reno around Thanksgiving, complaining of a few different ailments. Long story short, the doctor in the ER suspects he might have a blood clot in his legs and referred him to orthopaedics for a follow-up.Despite weekly phone calls to the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System orthopaedics department, my father has not received even notification of an appointment for a consultation with the specialist that the emergency room referred him to. When he calls, they advise him, "Your name is on a list and you'll just have to wait."My father has been unable to go out much because of the severe pain that he has been in, and instead of getting settled into his new home and looking for a job, he has been home-bound due to the extreme difficulty he has with walking.In short, my father's condition has not improved since his visit to the ER and may be getting worse. If he does have a blood clot, he cannot afford to wait months or years for an appointment to have it diagnosed, as he will be dead.My father has no other insurance other than the health care promised him by the US government as a Veteran of the Vietnam War and cannot afford to purchase additional health care on his own, given that his sole source of income at the moment is social security retirement (he is not yet old enough to be eligible for Medicare).Considering the potentially fatal consequences of an undiagnosed blood clot, I find his mistreatment by the Veterans Administration to be absolutely appalling.I have consulted with an attorney in New York, where I live (and where my father is from--obviously not to initiate legal action but to seek counsel), and the attorney has suggested that, should anything happen to my father, the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System may be liable for gross negligence and dereliction of care. He also suggested that the hospital should have given him a referral for a vascular consultation, as well as the orthopaedic consult.My father's information is as follows:Peter V. Frank[redacted]Reno, NV 89502The treatment of any Veteran of a foreign war in such a disgraceful manner is reprehensible and a blight upon our nation.I trust your office will see to the immediate rectification of this unacceptable situation.Should you have any questions, you may contact me at (914) 417-9579 or by this e-mail address.Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.Kind regards,-Peter C. Frank
Yesterday, October 21st, I celebrated my 29th birthday, again.
Apparently, YouTube has decided to allow infomercials to be played on its network -- as advertisements! Consider this advert, which appeared (and I had to suffer through) on a 3:48 video I wanted to watch. I mean, seriously, forcing me to watch a 15:30 advert in order to watch a 3:48 video?