Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
I hope you all survived the first few days so far. It's starting to get warmer outside, and summer will soon be here. The WOE will be heating up the entertainment with a new summer parade in Show Town, called Sizzlin Fiesta. It will be taken the place of the Music Sensation Parade, which runs at 8:00 p.m.
The Sizzlin Fiesta Parade will feature a Latin Carnival feel, with a lot of music and dancing. It will run from June 1st - August 1st. The Music Sensation Parade will then be relaunched, with fresh lighting, music, and effects!
I have attached the newest HR Picture: Being Different is Being Unique.
This week's WOE Cares Need to Know topic: is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. You can find the information in WOE Cares.
The WOE Short Story: Both Sides of The Party will be coming to an end soon. Be sure to read along as we approach the climatic end!
This week's Wednesday Interview is with Kevin. This is more like a give and take, than an interview.
I met Kevin a few weeks ago while watching the World Stage performances. He was sitting with his wife and twelve-year-old son, watching the dancing and listening to the music. I walked over and introduced myself and told them how nice it was to watch them just enjoy themselves, as a family.
We started talking, and he wanted to vent about how expensive health insurance is getting and how lucky we were to have the medical facility.
"You all have it made here! No insurance premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles, no pre-certification needed. I do wish everybody did the same thing."
"They all could, if they wanted to," I explained.
"How? I mean, we were paying $340.00 per month in premiums. Then you have to pay $30 per office visit to your primary, $80 for an office visit to a specialist, and more for any diagnostic tests, like an MRI, until we meet our deductible. Now, they're raising the premium to $440.00, plus vision and dental are separate. The deductible is now $1,400.00, and the specialists are $95 per visit.
My son needs to see a psychiatrist for his depression every few weeks. That really adds up at $95 per visit, two a month."
That's before anyone even has to go to the hospital. It 's ridiculous!"
I told him I absolutely agreed and was faced with the same situation when Jennifer was sick. "I thought we would be financially ruined. Plus, Jennifer was dying. If it weren't for Steven C. offering me this job and Jennifer getting cured in their facility, I don't know where I'd be."
Then I explained how the WOE is so different than other companies or organizations, "Here, it's about equality. Not greed and prestige. We all live in comparable houses, all swim in the same pools as the company brass and doctors. We have harmony and enjoy our work together."
Kevin told me "Many would call that socialism and the rich deserve their money."
"They can call it whatever they want. A label doesn't necessarily make something terrible. If you go back thousands of years, many people lived in harmony, without having much to squander about. However, many civilizations did the opposite and dealt with war and discontent among its people.
As I've said before, greed is the main reason life isn't fair to most people. If a doctor wants to practice medicine, then keep his tuition low or free, and let him give back to his community to pay it back. Now, they can become a millionaire and blame the costs of doing business on the cost of student loans.
Universities should be doing research for cures and new medicines. Let them double the price of what it costs them and reinvest the profit back into more research and more equipment.
We shouldn't have to buy our meds from another country. We shouldn't have drug reps going into doctors offices and giving them promotional gifts and kickbacks from the drugs they prescribe.
Then I said, "We shouldn't make a profit off of healthcare or education. Non-profit doesn't mean people within the company or organization aren't getting rich."
We did enjoy or rant together. But in the end, I knew he still had to deal with that financial burden when he went back home. I didn't. Thank you, WOE.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,