I try very hard to avoid rants. If I have a problem, like an unethical co-worker, I try to look at all sides of the issue and come up with a positive solution. However the past few weeks have left me in a tizzy. Tara and Tonya both got to rant recently, so I thought I’d take my turn. Here goes.
With my job as an optometrist, I get a pretty good glimpse of most people’s health and financial status by the paperwork they fill out in my office or the things they tell me. (Free tip: If you’ve found by experience that pleasuring yourself does not really make you go blind, keep that to yourself) I try really hard not to judge. Poverty is a huge problem in this country, and health care is crazy expensive. If you need to be on state assistance and you qualify, there’s nothing wrong with that. I do think that some people cross the line, though, and it really yanks my chain.
I Hate Glasses
The first example of what I think it wrong with the world came in for a LASIK pre-op. She had already scheduled surgery in Denver and wanted the co-management done locally. She did not have a horrible prescription that caused her extreme agony and suffering. She just didn’t want to wear glasses. Her surgery and co-management costs were almost $4000! Did I mention that she is on Medicaid, the state public assistance program for health care offered to those who are low income. Maybe someone gave her a gift, and it’s not my right to say how you should spend your money, but really, how can you take state aid and not have a better use for $4000!?
I’ll have Double D’s Please
The other case was even worse. This patient belonged to a colleague of mine and was also on Medicaid. In her health history she stated that she had had surgery in the past year. Can you guess what surgery she had?
Breast augmentation! No, she wasn’t a breast cancer survivor or a victim of some tragic accident. She wanted bigger boobs. Again, do you really need to take money from the state if you can pay for plastic surgery?
It’s Only a Career Expense if You’re a Stripper
Yes, maybe I’m being judgmental. It really bothers me that I pay so much for health care, and these people get it for free while they save up their money for boob jobs and the ability to see the TV without glasses. They are why the whole system gets a bad wrap.
I realize some might argue that these ladies are investing in their future by building self esteem, which could lead to a better job. I get that if you have a crooked nose or buck teeth that might make an unfair, but realistic, bad first impression, those might justify fixing. However, if you are getting a job other than a stripper or porn star, do you really want your chances improved by having larger breasts?
I think this falls into the same category of thinking a Prada suit will get you a better career or that buying a new car will raise your status and make clients flock your way. If you have self esteem issues, work on fixing those first, but do it the the right way. Throwing money at them will never solve what is causing the real problem.
Thanks for letting me rant. I really have to bite my tongue hard to keep smiling and minding my own business with people who work the system. It’s good to get it out and move on.
What examples of working the system have you seen? Is is OK to get a boob job and accept welfare?