the Aardvark's hearing is going south with some speed. Not ambling
south , stopping to smell the sweet clover and pet the possums, but
sliding, as in the Robot Hell song from Futurama. Poor Fry.
happened to be at Sam's Club, doing my economic duty to pump up the
economy and poke Paula Deen in the eye (though I DID buy butter), and I
saw an ad for a hearing aid (or a deaf aid as they say across the pond).
ONLY! for a device that has been virtually
unchanged for 50 years. (Yes, I know that some feedback filters and such
have been added, but it's a mike, an amplifier, and a transducer for
your output, all in a flesh-colored housing that fits over the ear.) Just-Under-$1K. Why? It's the Evil Medical Industry!!
Wrong-o, Mary Lou. The collusion of Government and Insurance. When
people paid cash for their health care, prices were lower. I remember my
grandfather and his medical practice. He even kept a fully-stocked
pharmacy in the back. Insurance cranked up the price "the market would
bear" by spreading it out amongst all the policy holders. Hospitals and
physicians raised rates to take advantage of the enormous pool of money
in the insurance companies. Then Medicaid and Medicare reared their
governmental heads. Between having to cover increased compliance costs,
AND taking advantage of what the insurance companies were willing to
pay, prices have mounted skyward. I will not deal with inflation, yet
another issue aided by Fed. policies.
So bear with me if I cup
my ear, or insist that you speak "at me" rather than to the air. I will
not force any of you to pay for my hearing issues, unless it is just my
being cranky about it all.