March 2, 2010
I took my son to the dentist. I was informed that he was in deep need of orthodontic work. He has a “mess” in his mouth and would need the work sooner rather than later. So we discuss our options when the dentist asks; “do you have Medicaid?” I very politely said no I do not. She then says and I quote “that’s too bad, if you did have Medicaid his braces would be free”. Free? Free? Last time I checked Medicaid is run from the tax payer money. There is nothing free about it. How can a seemingly educated person stand there and tell me the cost would be free. It is this kind of mentality that is ultimately going to break our healthcare system. I am so frustrated…where in the world did self responsibility go? When did become Ok to burden your neighbors with your issues? Who decided that I could pay taxes so someone else’s children can get braces, but I have to get a second job to get braces on my own children? When are we going to stop saying; the taxpayers are paying, so it’s free!