Obamacare To The Rescue?
This is pure speculation on my part so take it with a LARGE grain of salt. I have sleep apnea that causes me to stop breathing while asleep. If you or someone you know snores like a truck and it sounds like they’re gasping for breath in their sleep, chances are they have it as well. Get it taken care of sooner than later, it’s extremely unhealthy for you.
Anyway, I require a machine known as a CPAP to deal with it. Essentially it blows air through a tube into a mask I wear on my face (not oxygen, just air. Remind me to tell you my horror story of bringing it onto a plane for a red eye flight). The increased air pressure forces me to breathe. The mask has a thin silicone piece that seals itself against your skin to keep the air inside the mask. When it starts to wear out, the air leaks and you lose the pressure, rendering the mask more or less useless.
The silicone piece is removable and replaceable for a fraction of the price of a mask. BUT! For years, medical supply companies would only provide the entire mask. So, instead of charging my insurance a few dollars, I would be forced to buy an expensive (over $100) mask just to get a cheap silicone piece. My insurance picked up most of the price tag but what was the point? Why waste the money? Because the medical supply company made more money, of course. This is known as waste and I’ve been dealing with it for years.
But, all of a sudden, I can order just the part. Could it be Obamacare eliminating insurance waste and saving us money in the process? I don’t know for sure, but the timing sure is suspicious…
BTW, I will continue to call it Obamacare years after Obama finishes his second term. Why? So when conservatives start trying to claim credit for it in a decade or so, I will be there to remind them, over and over, that they tried to kill it.