The LuLac Edition #1491, Feb. 26th, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: OUR "INTERVIEW" LOGO.
Monday the Adult Basic Program is going away. The program was funded in part by the Blues (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) of Pennsylvania and the state. I talked to someone who is going off that program.
Q: Adult Basic is going away at the end of this month, are you making alternative plans?
A: I’m going to have to. I am extremely frustrated because it took so long to get on it.
Q: How long did it take you to get on?
A: At least 15 months. It was crazy. Then when I got on, I found out they were going to terminate it.
Q: Where do you work and how much do you make if I might ask?
A: What you want to do my taxes?
Q: You wouldn’t want that. No, give me a ballpark figure.
A: I have two jobs. One at a mini mart and the other one in a bakery. Combined I make maybe $325.00 a week.
Q: That’s well within the guidelines.
A: You’re telling me.
Q: Why not go without health care like others seem to do?
A: I was brought up to be a responsible person. I might be poor but I know what I need to do to take care of myself.
Q: Did you vote?
A: Yeah, I voted for Obama primarily because of health care. I’m an American, why should my health care be any different than a rich guys. We both breath the same air, walk the same streets.
Q: Some will say that health care is a privilege, not a right.
A: Well then why did they take my privilege away? What did I do to have that taken away from me? Did I rob a bank? Did I hurt someone? No. I just got on a list that was made for people like me and then the rug was pulled out from under me. Those Blue Crosses have millions, have you seen their fancy offices?
Q: Well I could tell you first hand that most of the offices are pretty spartan. There might be one or two fancy offices but I wasn’t in them. That said, it seems like the Blues Crosses are ducking their responsibilities.
A: Yeah, I never did though.
Q: What’s your plan?
A: I have a Special Care package from them. Weighs a ton.
Q: Yeah they do send out bundles. (Smiling).
A: I have no choice. I have to pay more.
Q: Well the good thing is under the Special Care plan I believe you get 4 doctor’s visits a year with a ten buck co pay, I don’t think you have a deductible and you get your hospitalization covered. So that’s a good thing.
A: Yeah, but I have to pay more. I don’t have more!!! I was paying $36.00 a month. Now I have to pay triple. I am going to have to find that money somewhere. It’s not going to be easy. I used to be worried about being lonely because I’m by myself. But it looks like it’s a blessing.
Q: What would you do if you had a family or a husband?
A: I’d either take the bridge or rob a bank.