Posted: Jul 18, 2014 4:51 pm
by epepke
It'll be two years before I get my government pension. It won't make me rich, but it will be enough to survive on and supplement whatever else I make, because I haven't the slightest intention of not working, ever, just working on things that are more to my liking. That is, unless some raving Republican uses the money to get gerbils to put up his butt, which is always a possibility. Ten more years until Social Security and Medicaid and Medicare as well, and things will be pretty nice, even if not perfect.

An old high school classmate of mine died from esophageal cancer last year. This may not sound like much, but it was out of a class of something like 28. The health care biz is getting pretty settled in the US, not perfect, but manageable. Very affordable and quite on the up-side of adequate. I also know that one can get top-notch care when totally broke for acute conditions. Then there's the diabetes, but insulin is $25 a month at Walmart. Besides, I was an awful lot sicker when I was younger.