Many of you know me as a cranky old geek. With the emphasis on old.
The core of my “income” is that smallish Social Security check that arrives via direct deposit once a month. There is a small amount of money I use as play money in The Market only because I discovered just a few years ago that the sort of computational analysis I believe is assuming more of a useful role in science and scientific research – seems to help a bit with investing.
The amount I play with isn’t enough to make a serious dent in the national economy or even Friday night pizzas.
But, circumstances have forced me, today, to spend an unplanned bit of time with one of my doctors – and another, tomorrow. Nothing serious, nothing important, just a little painful. Those Medicare payments I made all the years of being socially productive are standing me in good stead. And, so far, I’m keeping up with the bills.
Yesterday, my insurance dude came by and we sorted out the changes in Medicare Advantage, coverage for my medical needs. Essentially nothing has changed with ObamaCare, day to day, when I need to wander through checkups or more pressing needs which become slightly more frequent as you approach geezer status. Some coverage has been added – some I don’t think I’ll need in fact.
The annual cost to me has been reduced about 28%. I owe a vote of thanks to President Obama, those Democrats who overwhelmingly passed those changes – and I guess 2 or 3 Republicans. No help from Tea Party types.
I’ll be picking up speed, again, in the next day or two. Posting more frequently. As normal. When I’m not stoned out of my gourd. 🙂