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It’s been three years since I had a mammogram.

I don’t want one.  

Because if there is a problem I can not afford the treatments associated with that diagnosis.

Recently, a private insurance company in Oregon would not apply a $125.00 doctor visit to my $10,000 annual deductible per person (the least expensive way a self-employed person can afford health care insurance). Then they increased my premium by 33%.

So, I made a business decision not to pay for a service that will not honor my claims, which causes me to remain undiagnosed.

I will not pay or agree to pay for a service that will not provide a return.

After 52 years and working all my adult life it would be a humiliation to become a ward of the state and a burden to society.

So, when some complain about paying extra taxes charged on cigarettes and beer - I laugh.

At least the taxes collected help children get medical care and their claims are paid under a single payer plan managed by the state of Oregon.

Maybe when these kids are my age preventive health care and its consequences will be a right and not a privilege.

It depends on our values.

Originally posted to Stop Pandering on Sat May 02, 2009 at 11:28 PM PDT.

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