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Since I can’t easily get to the e-mail address with your questions, I thought I’d turn to today’s news. This siutation just got to me. How does this strike you?

What do you do if you no longer have a job and your COBRA has run out – and you can’t get or afford new coverage because you have pre-existing conditions needing costly treatment?

Rob a store, naturally.

Or at least commit some crime that’s serious enough and threatening enough to throw you in jail.

And plead guilty – or put on such an obnoxious defense that the court does not have mercy on you.

Why naturally?

Because once you’re in prison, the state is responsible for your health care.

You can’t be turned down due to pre-existing conditions.

If you need hospitalization or operations, they will be performed at the taxpayer’s expense, regardless of the cost..

I just read an article about the cost of caring for the growing senior population in Texas.

Routinely, Texas pays the University of Texas Medical Branch $7.68 per day or $2,803 per year for each inmate’s medical needs. An inmate over 60 uses health care resources at a rate of about $61 to $76 per day or $22,425 to $28,032 per year.

The 3,534 inmates older than 60, are the fastest-growing group in Texas’ prisons. By 2011, the Texas prison system is projected to need 11,000 hospital beds.

OK, you think I am being tongue-in-cheek about this advice.

Well, only partly. Just as in the 1970’s people were shocked to learn that poor seniors were reduced to living on cans of pet food, this decade will reveal the shocking incidence of increased senior crime – just to get medical care.
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About 13-14 years ago William Jefferson Clinton gave the First Lady a mandate – to set up a functional national health care system. She didn’t. Since 2000, when she was elected to the Senate, Clinton has been serving on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Special Committee on Aging, among others. She was our hope! Do we now have a comprehensive health care system for an older person in ill health?

Frankly, I can’t figure it out.

My mother wanted guidance on Medical and Medicare and I can’t answer her questions.
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If the present system is so complicated and unclear that someone with my education and experience can’t navigate it, what chance does a lone senior have, trying to take care of him or herself?

What do they do? Often, when they have no family to step in, they don’t do anything. And don’t get the care they need. I find that frightening. Don’t you?