Zika Virus Scare

The Zika Virus. It’s a term that’s been buzzing around the news for the past few months. The question many are asking is: Should I be concerned? Or maybe this is like the Ebola hype, a lot of fear over a few isolated cases. Since mosquitos carry the virus, and the early warm weather could mean mosquito season is coming sooner rather than later, it is best to prepare for the worst and prepare now.

Maybe I haven’t convinced you. Maybe you think I am being irrational. If you have kept up with the news, you would also know that pregnant women need to take extra care to avoid the virus. My wife is currently three months pregnant. The majority of the pregnancy will be in the height of mosquito season, and I have learned that I have good reason to be scared. In contracted, the Zika Virus could cause brain damage to our child as he or she develops in the womb. If the Zika Virus hits our town, there’s a good chance it will quickly become an outbreak. The children of pregnant women are more at risk than anyone.

Parents know that getting ready for a new child is all about preparation. My wife is currently working on registering gifts for her baby shower, which means asking every mother she knows what they wish they had with their first born and what they thought they needed that ended up being useless.  We have gotten names of every doctor in a 20-mile radius of my home and work, just in case. Our doctor is on speed dial, of course.  We’ve even gotten a recommendation for a great, local courier service for all my quick delivery service needs when my wife too pregnant to comfortably move and I am out of town on business. That is how far we have gone with my obsession of being prepared for anything and everything.

One of the first preparation steps we took, however, was calling our health insurance company to see what kind of coverage we have. Luckily, we do not plan on traveling far, we are being extra cautious with this first pregnancy. I don’t have to worry about getting travelers insurance. I am also incredibly lucky because I have fantastic health insurance through my employer. If an outbreak occurs, we are completely covered. While this may seem like a minor relief, it seems like all of my money is going to the nursery, and knowing that if the worse case scenario were to occur, at least we would have some financial support. A fraction of my worry has been relieved, and as a first-time parent and a self-proclaimed worrywart, I’ll take just about any relief that I can get.

OBAMACARE DOOMED TO LIFE SUPPORT

An apple a day cannot save Obama CareObama care will go down in History as the President’s biggest folly. No doubt the that the President had good intentions, but in his arrogance, he implemented a system that was supposed to encourage States to implement their own exchanges. 34 states failed to set up exchanges. And those states that did set up exchanges have not all been successful. Hawaii is an example. $205 million dollars of federal taxpayer dollar were spent on Hawaii’s state healthcare exchange. Now Hawaii is asking for $30 million dollars to switch over to the Federal Obamacare Exchange instead. Note the Hawaii that the New York Post referred to Hawaii “a trailblazer of socialized medicine for nearly four decades”. Continue reading OBAMACARE DOOMED TO LIFE SUPPORT

HEALTHCARE: Dollars, cents, and responsibility.

The healthcare issues affecting our country in 2015 stem from the desire to see that everyone has an opportunity to receive medical treatment and trying to determine a fair and equitable way to pay for services.

The cost of healthcare is rising. Who is responsible?
Healthcare Dollars and cents

The cost of healthcare has skyrocketed over the last several decades.  Partially, this is a result of the increased number of treatments available.  Some of it is a result of the imposition of overlapping oversight imposed by regulating agencies.  There is also the effect of insurance companies trying to satisfy shareholders.  As a result, we just keep chasing our tails in the attempt to fix the problem. Continue reading HEALTHCARE: Dollars, cents, and responsibility.