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Author Topic: health insurance question  (Read 1091 times)

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Offline newnick61

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health insurance question
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:57:57 PM »
Probably several people that visit here are in the same predicament that I am in – gainfully unemployed in the US of A. Since I was not prescient enough to be selling subprime mortgages instruments at AIG, I didn’t get any benefits from bailouts or stimulus packages. Thus, the Nickster has resorted to trying to learn new skills, hoping that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks.

In the bad ole days, we would be busy planning our funerals and figuring out how many sunsets we will see. Now we are pretty much lumped into the same fate as about 10% of the population.

Before I ask my question I will give you one of my stories.

I have been sitting in the public library almost every day studying. Two weeks ago  some old crusty, wearing way too much clothing for our global warming Alaska weather, started coming into the public library and sitting down the aisle from me. There is an internet computer at that desk and somehow he manages to logon and then starts saying random things to the computer such as, "I already told you that" and "The KGB did it." Obviously he is contributing verbally to the internet, which in theory is probably not a bad idea but in practise is not supported on the library computers. One day as I was walking in the main doors of the library, he was out front shouting at the bronze statue of the long dead, corrupt mayor for whom the library is named, "What is your troop strength?"

At that point I figured that this guy might be a welcome addition to the US Congress since he manages to shout out random sentences at inopportune times that are more than just <subject><verb> ("You lie") but interrogatories and sentences with direct and even indirect objects. If I was employed I could have afforded to buy him a plane ticket to South Carolina.

So last week Nick goes to my normal reading spot and I noticed that the tables and internet computers near my reading spot have been moved. Sure enough, in the afternoon, the old crazy guy comes into the library, doesn’t see his internet computer, marches over to me and asks, “Did you move my computer?”
To which I replied, “The KGB took it.” He smiled, looked at me as if we were privy to the same conspiracy and wandered off. Perhaps he was assured that some rogue KGB agents had wandered from Siberia into Alaska – maybe dropping off at Sarah Palin’s doorstep.

Now, as the Nickster stated earlier, being employment-challenged, I am looking for a job and, when I find one, I know that my med claims I will be stamped with the “pre-existing condition” clause. I was wondering if anyone had found a way to successfully navigate around this obstacle. Pharmas don’t come cheap and It would be nice to have my employer’s health insurance help defray some or all of the costs.


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