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I just kept calling back to talk to different representatives, who would tell me different crazy stories. Finally I got that person, every caller's dream: the person who knows what they're talking about. (I used to be that person when I worked in video stores—people used to love getting me on the phone.) I got the impression that in the new year, the system had been reset, and the plans (all plans?) refusing to cover diabetes that had been overridden by state mandate had been de-overridden.
After an hour of her arguing with some supervisor in another department, she was able to have my insulin covered again. Hooray! But not the testing trips for my blood-sugar monitor—those were, arbitrarily, no longer covered. Which ones were, I asked a different representative? She told me to check the website. To check if medicine is covered on the website, you have to type in the name of every medicine you want to check. Quick—name every brand of blood-sugar monitor! No, just kidding—just the ones they sell at your local pharmacy.
While trying to figure this out, I have no more blood-sugar testing strips, which means I can't test my blood, which means I'm just guessing more than usual here, which is why I'm bolting awake in the middle of the night, unable to think straight. The fundamental flaw in Obama's healthcare overhaul is that it gives us all health insurance when health insurance is the very thing that's wrong with our healthcare system. Health insurance companies let people die to turn bigger profits. They, essentially, kill people for money.