The Banks Are Made of Marble

And banks want one thing: profits. It is easier to get a loan at a community bank or a credit union, but either wants their vig.

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I'm facing second surgery (actually third, but who's counting?) and I hope I have enough to live on while the banks and insurance companies get theirs. They want their money, and if you don't pay, well eff you. Pay every month, or cancelled.

Let me tell you, nobody will cover cancer if you switch insurance while getting treated. Pre-existing...

But what's worse is COBRA. I pay S429 per month for COBRA, plu at leat $100 per month for doctors

 visits. I pau about 150 for my meds each month. I get some serious discounts on them.

"But the banks, are made of marble"

"With a guard at every door"

I've gone through my savings. I'm now abou 6 days from using my cashed-in 'retirement.'  I'm willimg to work-- I've been turned down by 3 places. They want teenage girls to sell hot dogs, or one place said they'd interview me, but the work was too hard.


"The banks are made of marble

With a guard at every door

But the bankers do not want you

They don't give loans any more."

The last two lines are mine.

I'm only going to be eligible for food stamps next month. I won't be eligible for Medicaid because I'm a single father, not a single mother,

Tell me, does it make a difference who wins the presidency? Why?

"The banks are made of marble

With a guard at every door

But the bankers do not want you

They don't give loans any more."

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    Been a while. (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by jeffinalabama on Tue May 08, 2012 at 02:00:31 AM EST
    But for my sake and Jeralyn's ability to put up with people, I wanted to post this. Thanks again, Jeralyn, for making my diaries possible.

    So glad (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 08, 2012 at 05:54:57 AM EST
    you posted this Jeff. I've been thinking about you. I can totally relate to the costs of medicine in this country. I ended up having to have 2 surgeries plus radioactive iodine treatment. The first surgery was back in November and it is paid off finally. I am still working on paying the second surgery and the RAI people keep calling but I told them sorry they are at the back of the line. The doc wants me to have a scan done this coming fall and I just want to cry. I can't afford this. And the very minute the dr.'s office makes the appointment the hospital starts calling you wanting you to give them money for something they haven't even performed yet.

    I'm glad you're at least finally getting some treatment which is good news!!!

    People just don't get it, (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by jeffinalabama on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:55:25 AM EST
    Ga6th... Most people, anyway.

    I'm so glad to see you, Jeff - I've been (5.00 / 5) (#4)
    by Anne on Tue May 08, 2012 at 06:32:32 AM EST
    wondering how you are and how things are going - but it just makes me want to scream reading what the cost is of trying to stay alive.

    It's just wrong.

    What an opportunity we missed in creating a better system.  Well, in truth, I don't think it was so much "missed" as it was avoided.  And the people who did that aren't the ones trying to figure out how to pay this month's premium because they're in some stage of cancer treatment, or six months pregnant, or recovering from a heart attack.  People with families to support, shelter to pay for, all in an economy that, in spite of all the rosy chatter, isn't really coming back the way people need it to.

    And the banks really don't care, in spite of the full-page ads touting their commitment to the community, telling us about all the money they contribute to this cause or that one.  Bank of America just ran one the other day to tell the world how hard they were working to keep people in their homes.  Sure they are.  I felt like it was a fishing expedition, trolling for new victims they could bleed more fees and charges out of before moving in for the kill.

    So, this is cheerful...sorry.  I hear stories like yours and the anger just bubbles right to the surface.  

    How can we help?  Is there something we can do?  I know you appreciate the good thoughts, but those don't pay the bills, so if you say the word, I'm pretty sure there are a lot of us who would help.


    Yes, indeed, my friend (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by sj on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:55:49 AM EST
    Get thee a paypal button.

    Yes, a donation button. (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Angel on Tue May 08, 2012 at 11:11:13 AM EST
    And the vaults are stuffed with silver, (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by kdog on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:36:16 AM EST
    And the vaults are stuffed with silver,
    That the farmer sweated for.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    And to have the gaul to question it all, well you're just a bum who doesn't wanna work.  

    Work we don't have a problem with, it's glorified indentured f*ckin' servitude we want no part of.

    Brother Jeff, good to hear from you, but harsh to hear of your continuing struggle.  Not just your illness, which is daunting enough, but the added burden of the moneychangers that is so cruelly & infuriatingly unnecessary.  It's enough to radicalize a motherf*cker, especially when ya got nuthin' left to lose.

    The banks are made of marble, yes...but The Harder They Come The Harder They'll Fall...one and all.

    Well they tell me of a pie up in the sky
    Waiting for me when I die
    But between the day you're born and when you die
    They never seem to hear even your cry

    So as sure as the sun will shine
    I'm gonna get my share now of what's mine
    And then the harder they come the harder they'll fall, one and all
    Ooh the harder they come the harder they'll fall, one and all

    Give Pete some love too. (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by oculus on Tue May 08, 2012 at 09:14:14 AM EST
    Kay, Richards' song's an inspiration. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by jeffinalabama on Tue May 08, 2012 at 09:52:36 AM EST
    As well as his life.

    And yes, I'm as radicalized as can be.  The system's broken for poor people.

    I only wish Dr.King had lived long enough to lead his "Poor People's March."  

    I begin to empathize with those who want to either break the current system, or to break away.

    I swore an oath to protect and defend The Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    But I begin to believe Washington and Wall Street, even the Supreme Court, stand against The Constitution. I know, the SC can't be against the document they defend, but the perversions of law and logic to maintain it...

    Folks, if you want to spend some money, I'll make a paypal soon, after I completely exhaust my funds.  After all, I did buy an Abu Garcia old-school bait-casting reel. Old school, high profile, and about 50 bucks. next will be a 100 dollar rod for it. I'm catching and eating fish, do it's not a waste.

    I will work on a paypal today. Ill also try to be a more regular contributor here.


    An incredible song, (none / 0) (#12)
    by jeffinalabama on Tue May 08, 2012 at 11:14:42 AM EST
    and it's Springsteen. Chimes of Freedom. Please post your own protest song.

    Hi, Jeff. Good to "hear" from you (none / 0) (#13)
    by oculus on Tue May 08, 2012 at 12:53:12 PM EST
    despite the meat of your post.

    This article in yesterday's NYT may interest (or infuriate) you:  A Regime's Tight Grip on AIDS.

    Article is about HIV AIDS and Cuba.  Quite proactive and, purportedly cradle to grave free health care.  

    Just shot you an email (none / 0) (#14)
    by Dadler on Tue May 08, 2012 at 04:09:35 PM EST
    And I am donation ready, if the times should come to that.  People gotta help people.  The system is so broken, one wonders what actual system exists except wallmaking.  Peace to you, my friend, and I look forward to an email from you.    

    So good to hear from you (none / 0) (#15)
    by jbindc on Thu May 10, 2012 at 01:57:14 PM EST
    I know many people here aren't religious, but know that you are in my prayers. I hope they help in some way.

    And if you get a donation button, I'd like to give some, even if its not much.

    Be strong.