I found out that MSG McG (my Chaplain Assistant while I was in Iraq), who broke his ankle rather severely in an auto accident not too long ago, doesn't even have a real cast on his leg; he just has a "boot" such as what I had after my ankle surgery. It turns out he needs surgery, but without *medical* insurance, he can't get it without shelling out $1200 up front -- for starters!
Just to *consult* with a surgeon.
It seems no orthopedic surgeon will accept the *automobile* insurance he has; he can only be reimbursed after the fact.
I sure am glad the health insurance situation in this country is in such good shape that it doesn't need any overhaul!!
This angers me beyond words.
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ