The work of “re-making” my older blog posts continues. This was from five years ago and was on the three year old trend of Seniors having their COLA ( cost of living allowances, a 1970’s instituted inflation index ) slashed under the pretend rather than the real rate of inflation. ObamaCare had just started gathering stem and it didn’t occur to me the insurance industry ( owned by the banker elite ) would be so brazen as to jack deductibles to nose bleed elevations so as to deny most everyone any coverage after mandatory coverage was instituted by the Kenyan King ( not that Trump seems to be in any hurry to change anything. At all. About anything. The only reason I paid attention to the elections was to determine if I needed a nuclear fallout filter should Hilary be elected-otherwise you knew nothing was going to change ). The time in which I wrote that article was when the 2009 nation wide main street real economic collapse was playing out. All the local governments drastically cutting services, unemployment skyrocketing.
And so Seniors were getting their COLA’s slashed to effectively zero and saw other benefits being cut. Good times. Don’t think they won’t happen again-don’t get complacent with the current interlude. And I’ll admit, it was shocking we DID get a reprieve from that Collapse Lite. It just doesn’t seem like that subject needs to be repeated. If you are a Senior and are on Medicare and Social Security, and if you can’t see the writing on the wall AFTER being given a second chance to prepare, well, you deserve all the suffering you get, being too stupid to live ( a failing of most age groups today ). Hoping the can gets kicked down the road isn’t a viable prep strategy, even if there always is a lot of that going around anyway. No, let’s talk about not just gramps getting the shaft, but everyone. It is tempting to take the attitude that “they’ll just hyperinflate and we’ll all get something, even if it is less”. Is this your go-to prep plan? It is hard to let go of the last near century of social contract, but should we?
I think what ObamaCare should have taught us all was that things are changing in huge leaps now, rather than in increments. We already knew worse things keep happening but I think subconsciously we expected the incremental part to continue as it has for the last fifty years. ObamaCare should have been your canary in the coal mine. After a century of increased lifespans and medical advances, in the blink of an eye you are told you have three choices. Roll over to the age of the Death Panel fame and lose affordable government coverage, indenture yourself to a lifetime of debt for even the most minor procedures ( that they more often than not screw up anyway, or it has zero effect ), or be rich to get proper care. I have few problems with that. I’ll stay healthier staying out of the doctors clutches ( even the best will overmedicate, over prescribe unnecessary surgeries or guess-timate wrong on procedure to cover their ass with their insurance, or even subconsciously as they struggle to pay college and malpractice and other overhead ) and feel confident I’ll die LATER by staying poor.
We have been taught that the poor die from lack of care but I’m making a personal bet the inverse is now true. I won’t die from stress taking another job working solely for the taxman and the medical industry. But all that is not the point. Which is that our social contract was abruptly changed. Working like a dog was always supposed to be rewarded, regardless of the benefits that mixed and matched over time. That is no longer the case, WAS no longer the case, but the end of medical care went beyond a work compensation. It struck at the heart of the Industrial Age/Oil Age cultural construct which was we could live above the level of bare assed Third World savages. Now, diseases assured to us of being eradicated are being allowed to fell us once again. The only defense is to swear our fealty to our lord for the rest of our lives, and only then do we realize in exchange we receive the care of a quack bleeding us as a cure. And the next time, as disease strikes us after the blood letting weakened us, we have no choice but to give up even more for another ineffectual cure. Perhaps the second or third time you give up some more food, like some hopeless Pakistani peasant reducing his number of daily meals.
Grandpa isn’t the only one being threatened ( starving on cat food or dying of heat from no AC, or a lack of enough heat in the winter, as he desperately tries to pay property tax and medical costs ). We all are. Only the rich have protection. You scoff when I speak of Class Warfare, as you have been conditioned to, yet everywhere you look your life is in danger without money. You ride a bike as a car is too expensive? The driver that runs you over, if not drunk, is usually only guilty of misdemeanor behavior, even if you die. That is how deep the car culture goes to root itself deep. Can’t pay more in a year in property tax than what you bought your house for originally? Homeless. Wrong address on the SWAT team 3am raid ( which is never in the better neighborhoods )? Sorry you’re dead, officers are immune to your sense of justice. Justice which the rich can buy-just ask any banker that profited off the 2008 crash.
I don’t scream shrilly out of a sense of being wronged. That is just our world now. What I implore you to understand is that far worse is coming and very quickly and for you to realize victim-hood is not a choice you get when the collapse is systematic.
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