Fuck Healthcare etc

Having finally managed to find a job, and lucky enough to find something that pays 15/hour 40 hours a week without a Bachelor's, I'm starting to feel like I'm almost better off making 8/hour at McDonalds and getting insulin through Medicaid or whatever.

You know you're using a broken system, when the more you make, the harder it is to keep up with your medical expenses. 30,000ish/year with $175 premiums just to get $100+ copays on Novolog/Lantus. You're actually better off making next to nothing and getting cheap/free insulin through medicaid and/or based on your income.

I've been dealing with depression for basically the entire 7+ years since I was diagnosed, and I really thought getting a job (and a decent one at that) would help, but doing the math on my expenses just makes me more miserable than I was before. $400+ a month in medical expenses between premiums, insulin, strips, and pen needles. That leaves like $600-650 for rent+utilities which means I can never afford anything beyond some roommate situation, and never afford to go back to school or have a social life or live on anything but soup and PBJ sandwiches.

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I think we all feel at times overwhelmed by the cost of dealing with our diabetes. I sympathize with you. And it isn't just diabetes, this burden of being young and having expenses just hard. Who can afford to pay for rent, utilities, food and a car when not making much money.

I would encourage you to step back and tell yourself it will be ok. Tell yourself it will get better. And it will, over time with hard work you will make more and more money and you will get smarter about your money. Anything is possible if you believe in it.

Russell, have you checked out any of the patient assistance programs?