The last time I went to the dentist it was $200 for 12 minutes. I had an appointment early this week to fix a cavity that has been there a year. The office refused to see me because I did not have $200.
I am 60 and have had health issues that caused me to be fired from my part-time job. I receive retirement from the state, which pays most of the big bills, but I fall further behind every month.
One issue that is top of the list in this economy is despair. Good people with the best intentions cannot pay their bills.
I used to consider myself “middle class.” But, there is no middle class any more. There is the rich and there is the rest of the us; all we do is worry about money.
I am constantly reminding myself I am luckier than most. I can get firewood off my own property so I will not be cold like that poor, 92-year-old woman in the news a few days ago.
I am afraid for the sick, the elderly and the children who will go without proper food and warmth this winter.
Because of medical bills I cannot pay, my credit has dropped and I receive mail offers for $1,000 to be placed in my account tomorrow. Interest? Three-hundred percent.
The ones who need it the most have nowhere to turn.
How those big-business CEOs sleep at night is beyond me.
Bobbi Miles Wilner, Norway