To the Editor:
Don’t think it can’t happen to you.
For 44 years I paid for health insurance and never filed a claim. I didn’t have a need to see a doctor.
Seven years ago, by accident, it was discovered I had three aneurysms, one of which was ready to burst. Before they could operate I had to get a release from a heart doctor. The tests showed I had five blocked arteries; the main artery was 95 percent blocked. I never had a single symptom.
I was 63 years old and had been a physical fitness and vitamin enthusiast since I was a teenager. My job allowed me to walk more than five miles a day for 29 years. My weight never fluctuated five pounds in 30 years.
I recently called several major health insurance companies to see if I could get coverage and was told due to current guidelines, they could not insure me. I paid for health insurance 44 years and never used it. This is how I was repaid.
According to CNN News, the CEO for Aetna Insurance was paid $38 million last year and the annual compensation for the CEO of United Healthcare was paid $58 an hour.
Thanks to Ohio Heart Care’s screening program, I take no prescription medicine for either surgery. I thank God every night for Medicare, which I paid into for 40 years and accepts everyone who has a pre-existing condition, and for Social Security, which I paid into for 45 years.
Recently George W. Bush stated his biggest mistake while president was not privatizing Social Security. He fully intended to put the money in the stock market.
If he had been successful, when Wall Street collapsed in 2008, everyone receiving Social Security would have been wiped out financially.
The poverty and devastation this would have caused would have been equal to the Depression.
President Bush’s plan was to repay Wall Street for the campaign contributions and eliminate paying $2.5 trillion the government borrowed from Social Security.
Social Security should never be privatized.