Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sometimes I Feel like a Hypocrite

As much as I bitch about personal responsibility and rail against entitlement programs I have to admit I'm a bit of a hypocrite. I truly believe such programs cause more harm than good and would prefer to see most of them abolished. (If you want to enact such programs, do it at a state level so you'll only screw your state and not the whole country....... in other words, pull a Mitt Romney)

Anyway, I say I feel like a hypocrite because I benefited greatly from Medicaid. I had maxillofacial (jaw) surgery in January 06 to correct an underbite caused by the growth issues that accompany having cerebral palsy. My private insurer denied me claiming it was not "medically necessary."

I guess I've always felt guilty that I took such a huge free handout, especially since doing so conflicted with my principles. Glad I got that off my chest.

Although I suppose you could say this makes me even with the government, since I have a suspicion I won't ever be seeing any of the money I'm paying into Social Security.

Oh, and if you ever do have a broken jaw it will permanently ruin any previous love you might have had for milkshakes.


Nicki said...

Hey, it's your tax dollars too! You paid for it with your hard work, might as well get something for your earnings, right?

But yes, I fully agree with your point about government handouts.

Mike W. said...

I guess if you look at it that way you could say I got my money's worth. I mean my taxes were going towards other peoples medical care, so why not mine as well.

Funny thing is, they told me I'd need to carry a special card to explain why I "go off" at metal detectors in courthouses, airports etc. I never got a card and the titanium in my face doesn't set off the detectors.