The we I speak of here are the citizens of NC. Our state government is out of control. It is a huge beast full of corruption and people more involved in a personal interest than the greater good. I think we are all aware that government positions from local to the highest office are rarely sought by those with altruistic motives and those interested in creating a better world and future for the next generation. In the majority of cases it isn’t about the salary. It is about the perks and the POWER. Even if the power is only in one’s head, there is a measure of power in nearly every government job. This is something everyone needs to be aware of and remember at all times. POWER over others is a major aphrodisiac for certain types of people. Think about it! From the clerk who gives you the requested deed, or death certificate, to the prosecutor, the medicaid worker, the county DSS worker all the way to the governor. EVERY SINGLE person has the power to make your life easy and simple to stressful and hard. They control your tax dollars and you LITERALLY pay their salaries and pensions. Yet, they can treat you anyway they choose and the consequences are slim to none.
I’m the first to admit to saying crazy things like “they are all corrupt, what are you going to do”, “it’s the system, can’t be fixed”. Well, what if those brave souls who got on those ships and spent months on an unforgiving sea to come to a land where there was nothing but danger had said the same thing. What if they just stayed where they were and put up with the unfair treatment, the taxes, the knowledge that they could be imprisoned or destroyed if they looked at the wrong person sideways. Never treated like a vital, thinking being with free will to make a life. Likely, this country still would have ended up populated and created. Maybe as a permanent colony or extension of another land. But thankfully, the human spirit is not so easily satiated into a life that is less than it’s full potential.
Have we become so complacent in our relative security and comfort that we simply no longer care?? Sure, we are the first to say…..”that’s too bad” or “really unfortunate” when a severe injustice is brought to light. However, when it comes to demanding accountability of those guilty of the injustice, we remain silent or saying, “what are you going to do?”
There are hundreds of thousands of examples, literally, all around us but we have become so out of touch with those around us that unless it directly impacts our own comfort we are ok with just letting it go by the wayside.
As I know this is getting long. Some reading are now saying, “get off the soapbox already” and others are saying “she’s just a conspiracy theory nut, bless her heart”. I’m going to lay out a few issues here and now…..not going into details….but I ask one thing of you, read these as if the names or circumstances were your own. Then what? PLEASE for the love of God, don’t believe the next story will not be about you, your child, your sibling, your neighbor or anyone you love with all your heart. Look at it from that perspective and then remember that every person mentioned or group of people mentioned, belonged to someone…..they were someone’s child, mother, father, sister, brother, neighbor, cousin, uncle, aunt or friend.
4) Medicaid- this whole system is such a hot mess…..I’m not going into it but let me tell you a thing or two about my personal job here. 1) My job gave me the power to approve or recommend denial (supposedly only a physician can issue an actual denial of benefits in private insurance as well as medicaid, isn’t actually the case at Medicaid. However, I never actually denied anything personally……though my name was added to denials…..I did not issue these denials, though plenty of nurses did) My job was unique in that every case I had was a LITERAL life and death decision. A denial of service in the cases I reviewed was the equivalent of a death decree. Period…..not an over dramatization, a fact. If you deny a bone marrow transplant or solid organ transplant, the jig is up, the only option left is hospice. EVERY SINGLE TIME! So, if this was not a big enough burden…….you are talking about, in some cases, MILLIONS of dollars to pay for this treatment.
I received EXACTLY ZERO MINUTES of training and orientation. I didn’t even have one minute of Human Resources training on being a state employees, the benefits the rules etc. NOT EXAGGERATING!
Day one, I walked in….was shown to my office and my desk…this was my instruction 1) Here are your temporary passwords…..change them. 2) Log on to the HR website, go to the list of forms, fill them all out and sign, turn them back into me and then get started on the patient charts. THOSE WORDS ARE EXACT!!!! I was given a folder of things to take home to read. Most of them were hopelessly outdated and the rest made no sense when there was no background. There were requests for (mostly retro requests) out of state authorizations for emergency care (yeah, bet you thought this was covered under federal law and was supposed to be paid. refusal of this kind of care by a private payer could cost them their company) that dated back as far as 3-4 years…..still waiting for approval for payment. Requests for solid organ and bone marrow transplants, not retro, that dated back more than a year. Yep! You read that right and yes, some of these folks had already passed away, some were children.
Took about 9 months to get to a place of always working in real time but it was accomplished. In the course of weeding out all files, hundreds upon hundreds of arbitrary denials and requests that were nothing more than to create difficulty for doctors were uncovered. An actual letter that was sent out to providers in Western NC that involved threats if they were to send their patients to trauma and burn centers in Tennessee and Georgia instead of the twice as far away burn center in Chapel Hill or trauma center in NC. Protecting state interests were put above the interest of an individuals life and a bureaucrat presumed to know what was better for a critical patient than their own treating physician.
It was not only the spoken policy but was in writing that if a pregnant NC woman on medicaid left the state of NC without the written consent of her physician, and gave birth……..benefits DENIED! Seriously, the employees of MEDICAID gave themselves the power to say if a person could or could NOT leave the state……PERIOD!! I have WRITTEN PROOF OF THIS!! This is actually defined by law as a form of unlawful imprisonment. Should create outrage but it doesn’t. Or at least not much. Sad…….
So, call it a conspiracy, call it nutty thinking. Call me a conspiracy nut. Call me a trouble maker or just plain insane. All or some of that might be true. That doesn’t make me wrong. This stuff is wrong. Yet, it persists. You know why? Evil can only persist when good men do nothing.
Why do I care? I don’t know. I’ve tried not to. I’ve tried to ignore and go along to get along. I can’t. I made that long 30 minute drive to Raleigh for 2 years. Each day it seemed longer and longer. I would feel physically ill daily, often did get physically ill from then things I was told to do. For better or worse, I can’t even save myself by ignoring it. I couldn’t and I can’t.
I have a theory though, when I was 9 years old. I had a teacher that for whatever reason taught our class that the holocaust was nothing more than a propaganda tool. That it never actually happened. Like the majority of 9 year olds in the 4th grade. I assumed my teacher was all knowing and I believed it. Went home, did my homework and my paper that affirmed what she said, told my parents. I was quickly taken to my papa. My papa, likely the first time within his family, sat me down and in terms that wouldn’t completely overwhelm a 9 year old, explained to me that this teacher was not telling the truth. He was there. He saw it, he lived it. He explained to me how he smelled the stench of burning flesh from the time he hit the beach at Normandy all the way through Europe and five major battles. Never knowing what the smell was until the came upon the first camp. The camp where no soldier had yet to arrive……the first thing they noticed from their hiding spot in the woods was the enormous cord of “wood” by the gate…..upon closer inspection, this was no cord of wood….these were human bodies stacked like an enormous cord of wood. I now own that picture.
If I ever think I can look the other way in the face of any gross injustice or miscarriage of government, I pull it out, I look at it. I remember what happens when good people do and say nothing b/c it isn’t comfortable.