Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kenneth at the McDonald's in Canton, OH

Kenneth at the McDonald's in Canton, OH
Originally uploaded by walk4healthcare

I met Kenneth at McDonald’s over breakfast. A retiree, he told me he’s been “generally pretty healthy.” Except for last year when, “He came down with a serious case of pneumonia.”

“How’d that go,” I asked.

“Not good. I don’t feel as strong as before. And, when I returned home, there was a stack of bills waiting for me.”

“Did you have insurance?”

“Yes. But, the insurance pays only what they think is necessary. All sorts of specialists came to see me, and how would I know if it was necessary or not? I ended up owing $1,800.” He hasn’t declared bankruptcy quite yet but, “I’m getting a lawyer,” he told me. “And I'm not fully recovered!”

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