I don’t think any of you have better health insurance than I do, unless you are a minor still living in your parent’s basement. Otherwise it would be hard to beat the program I have been contributing to for the past 13 years of my life. Or so I thought…
My labor union, District Council 37 takes a decent amount of every paycheck for their dues. I certainly don’t mind paying the dues either because I’m proud to be union member. I’m no socialist either but I realize the efforts of labor unions to add to the quality of life for many hardworking Americans.
I have a prescription card which allows me to co-pay $5 for generic medicines. I haven’t used my card since I’ve been employed. To be honest, I haven’t used my Group Health Insurance card since 2002 and I haven’t ever used my union’s prescription card. EVAR. So maybe you can imagine my surprise and disgust when I went to pick up some of my diabetic medicine and found out that my prescription card was invalid.
What the fux is this bullshit?!? Diabetes medicine isn’t covered by my insurance? Shit! I’m not even on insulin yet. This means that my eventual dialysis will be all out of pocket. That shit is really out of pocket. I’ve got a decade of dues taken from me and I can’t even get a discount on some generic medicine.
Who do I blame? The union, for being bitchasses and removing medicine for certain types of ailments and diseases from their program? Do I blame the easier target which is the greedy pharmaceutical industrial complex which prA’li has direct ties to the manufacturing of high fructose corn syrup? Just when I thought my life was fucked the fuck up I got an e-mail from a friend of mine who has NO insurance at all.
My weblog’s spiritual godfather and Hip-Hop historian Ernie Paniccioli sent me a copy of his medical bills for his cancer treatments.
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Help my dude Ernie offset some of this fuckery by copping one of his books off LuLu.com because he actually gets a percentage of these sales. If you are familiar with his work you know that Ernie’s images are powerfully empowering. Ernie is Hip-Hop.
Hip-Hop doesn’t need anymore jewelry. Hip-Hop needs some real health insurance. Just like the rest of America.