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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I had to bite my tongue

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My wife and I had a pleasant journey to Corpus Christi this morning, and it's always a relief to hear the GPS lady say, “you have arrived at your destination." We anticipated some rain but we just got scattered showers on the way up there.

Our company decided to turn over their retiree healthcare plan to a company called Extended Help who will help us with the transition. They even set up a free seminar with the company. I admit that I had a little anxiety because change is hardly ever easy.

As we entered the Holiday Inn hallway, I noticed an old friend  and a couple of other people with him as he was pointing at me and laughing. In the five or six seconds, it took to approach him; lot of things were going through my mind," did I have egg McMuffin on my chin or was my fly open?" It was a relief to hear him say," there is one of those Obama voters who is responsible for us being here." As we were going to our seats my wife asked me “what’s this plan have to do with Obamacare?" I just shrugged my shoulders, sat down and started looking around the room at faces that I recognized but couldn't place a name to. I estimated the crowd to be about 150 to 200 people, but some were from Corpus Christi.

When the speaker said “good morning" you could have heard a pin drop because everyone in the room was anxious to hear every word she said because this was an introduction to a very important decision, we had to make. We all wanted to get all the information we could, before we signed up with the new plan.

As it turns out, we had nothing to worry about because it's a simple choice between a Medical Advantage plan and a MediGap plan. The plans may be less expensive than what I'm on now,  but I will be required to fill more new paperwork. That’s OK because  this company is getting paid by our company to take me through the most economical steps.  She advised us to use a land line or a freshly charged cell  when it came time for the processing because the complete interview would  take one hour or more.

We did learn that the government would not let us be denied for pre-existing conditions, and that the plan will have no lifetime caps... The instructor told us that these plans had nothing to do with Obamacare, which drew a lot of laughs from the skeptics. At the beginning of the seminar, we were handed cards where we could submit our question for the instructor. Three of the seven cards that were submitted asked if this plan had anything to do with Obamacare. On our way out, another old buddy of mind wished us a safe trip and then said, “I don't believe for a minute that this has nothing to do with Obamacare." And that's just it," you can lead a horse to water, even stick his nose in it, but you can't make him drink."

On our way back and as we were approaching I-37N, we could see that it was going to rain, but we never anticipated that we would be driving through a big downpour. For the next 15 miles or so, the cars around us, we're not traveling more than 45 miles an hour. Many cars were parked on the emergency lanes, and I thought of that but looking for a place to exit was more dangerous than remaining in the middle lane and plowing ahead.

We had already forgotten our little excitement until we got into downtown Refugio, when out of nowhere we heard the loudest siren ever. I didn't know what it was, I assumed it was a tornado warning, and I didn't know what actions I was supposed to take, so I just kept driving forward. I wasn't alone, because people were just milling around filling their cars, going into restaurants, and doing their business as if the siren never went off. Refugio needs to go digital.

Up until three years  ago,I didn't think we had that many skeptics or naive people. I used to laugh at the preposterous tales and say to myself “no one will believe that." Oh yes, they will!


born2Bme said...

I Fox said it, it must be true.

I swear, people will use any excuse to blame change on President Obama.

Did we not have change before he got elected?

Mike said...

I worked with these intelligent people for over twenty years;I can't believe that they believe that stuff;especially after being told that Obamacare did not have any to do with the two plans.

The more I get out and mingle;the more I see how naive some people are.

I thought this stuff was for the talk shows.

It's just like Romney saying on Meet the Press that he was going to keep some parts of Obamacare and then the next day taking it all back...In the meantime a voter didn't get the second part,so they now think Romney will keep the good parts of Obamacare and that's what the plan was along.

Legion said...

If it was 12 O'clock when you went through Refugio, that's what it meant.

A lot of smaller towns sound the siren at noon. If I remember right, here in Victoria the courthouse clock use to chime it's bells different at noon.

Mike said...

As usual,you are a  genius...I just asked my wife if we thru Refugio @ 12:00 and she said ,yes it was about that time..How embarrassing...:-)

I bet half of the people who live within a block of that siren (that should be Hali of the town) probably have hearing problems...:-) 

Thanks for the info before my wife tells everyone we had a tornado warning in Refugio.
We NOW have watches,clocks inside business establishments and a clock on cell phones..Why a loud siren;is it for the cows?

They could go to church bells or a court house clock....Oh well,I learn something everyday.

born2Bme said...

Edna has one of those sirens at noon. It's really loud

Mike said...

I went online and found that sirens are very useful as a warning system.
Some small towns are also using them as a 10:00PM curfew warning to teenagers.
I was a little hasty and  I bet the town people enjoy them.

Edith Ann said...

I don't know how I missed this!

Yes, the siren in Refugio. I grew up in Refugio. The noon whistle (located behind the fire department) is a staple of life there. It was the signal to come home when we were out playing as kids.

Gonzales has a noon siren, too.