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Work is good for you

[Wednesday: 3 miles; Saturday 6 miles, a lot of it walking, Mines of Spain]

I’ve been enjoying my new job. It has challenges, but I learn a lot and there is a wide variety of things happening. And I get to be a flunky and not really worry about long term success or impressing anybody.

My wife misses Mississippi. She wants to move back there. That may be later or it may be sooner. I need to keep working: I like to work and have interesting things happening. I like the income. And most of all we need the insurance plan.

So I generally keep my eye out for any similar positions that may pop up back where we used to live.

This last week one did and I sent in my resume. I am not enthusiastic to move. But it would at minimum be interesting to learn more about who is doing this kind of work in that area.

And here is where someone could take a turn toward politics and talk about how “universal health care” would solve this kind of conundrum. Which it might. But it also would be a substantial step down from the kind of service I get now. I think it likely would be a step down from the Medicare level of service that I hope to enjoy in a few more years. I could be wrong.

One reply on “Work is good for you”

Good luck with the search. A gig where you can work remotely sounds like one way to go – and that is more common with COVID situation being an experiment concerning such things, from what I am reading.

Our health care system is awful. (Trump said he’d fix it then he said who knew it could be so complicated and went as far as to try to kill the current system without creating a system to replace it.)

It is anti-small business. Large corporations have more buying power which means both more bargaining power with providers _and_ a larger pool to diversify risk. There’s no way a company with a handful of employees can compete with that – so they pay more. It has a huge administrative burden (paperwork – Google up the term “BIR”). Qualitatively, consumers are challenged to choose doctors and services and prices – like buying a hamburger off a menu – as though they are educated and informed and _experienced_ consumers on matters so technical. And this when people are sick and really should focus on getting well. (For a remedy, the quickest and easiest would be expansion of Medicare. Not a panacea but the right direction.) Personally, the quality and cost of health care is one of the motivators for our moving to Taiwan in the months ahead.

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