I swear, I may need to take a vacation from reading about our governor, because when I read shit like this, it makes me almost dizzy with rage. “Low-income recipients of care — and for that matter, consumers in general — don’t have ‘enough economic skin in the game, if you will,’ said Haslam.” The leading cause of bankruptcy in this country is medical bills and Haslam thinks consumers in general don’t have enough economic skin in the game?
I have great health insurance, the kind of health insurance that causes people to take jobs they hate at my employer and keep jobs they hate at my employer (though I am very fortunate to have a job I love to go with that great health insurance) and the cost of it still goes up considerably ever year. One year, no one got raises and health insurance went up, thus giving us all defacto pay cuts. That sure as fuck felt like economic skin in the game. Today, I was at Walgreens and a woman had to get a prescription for something that was going to cost her $30 and she spontaneously burst into tears when the pharmacist said, “$30” and she had to take a minute to regroup and explain that she really needed the prescription but she didn’t have that kind of money. Luckily, there was a generic that was $10, but until Governor Haslam is standing there watching a woman embarrassed to her core at bursting out in tears over $30, maybe he should keep his mouth shut about ‘economic skin in the game.’
This is a problem with our aspirational society and how our political system is set up to ease millionaires into office. Governor Haslam has no idea that he’s been sheltered from the economic realities of people’s medical care. After all, there are bootstrappers around him–like Ron Ramsey–and if they can make it, anyone can make it. Well, fine. But knowing some people who used to be poor and working class really is not the same as understanding poor and working class people.
And our medical care system is fucked. But “people need to just use less of it” in a country where Baby Boomers are getting older is a joke. Old people have to go to the doctor, a lot.
Or do poor people and working class people not deserve to get old? To have old relatives?
I swear, Haslam should spend his summer living in a working class neighborhood in Nashville. It would do him some good.