The W Family Chronicles

Thanks Mr. Bush and friends.

Posted on: January 25, 2008

So apparently the W family can expect a tax rebate in the neighborhood of about $1800 sometime this spring or summer.  Great.  We’ll be using it to pay off the 3 surgeries I had for kidney stones last year, J’s humongous OT bills, and C’s helmet.  (Yes, we’re still making payments on it!)  Sorry we won’t be “stimulating the economy” for you all.  I’m going to have to put my family’s finances in better shape before I entertain the idea of that.

I can make a long list of things I’d rather have…a nice vacation, a new TV,  living room and bedroom furniture, a nice outdoor play set for the kids, some work on the house, new tires for both vehicles, etc.   We could really use any one or ALL of these things.  But the sad reality is that our medical expenses have become ridiculous lately.  And even though we have insurance, we are expected to pay a lot out of pocket on it.  I know we’re lucky to have it, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about the situation. Clearly our economy needs some help.  But I feel like this is simply slapping a band-aid on a gaping, gushing wound and it will ultimately be about as effective.  We need more.

I would suggest taking the $150 billion they’re spending on this package and start working towards some type of national health care system.  Did you know that the US ranks LAST in a survey of 19 industrialized countries when it comes to the health care system?  Dead last.  France is #1, so apparently those traitorous French people know something we don’t.   One in seven people in this country are uninsured.  It’s mind blowing.  We are told over and over that the US is the best country in the world, yet every day people are having to make a decision about whether they can afford to see a doctor or take a drug or have a treatment that might save their lives.  It should NEVER happen in a country as prosperous and advanced as the US.  Even with a national system, my family would probably still be in the situation we’re in…we have access to adequate insurance.  We’re lucky we can afford to pay the premiums, even though paying the deductibles and co-pays can be hard.  But the last year has made me more aware of just how badly our system is broken.

Regardless of my (unsolicited) opinion, we’re happy to receive this money.   It will make a big difference for us, even if it doesn’t get put back into the economy via some frivolous and care free spending like Mr. Bush wants.  I just wish they had come up with something that is more of a long term solution.  So give me my band aid and I’ll pray that they figure out some way to stitch up this nasty wound before we all bleed to death.  I know a national health care system wouldn’t solve it all either, but then I’m not in charge of fixing things.  I’m just a mom who worries about the future my boys are facing if things continue in this country the way they’re going.

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!

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