This guy was charged with $44 million.
How much have YOU paid?
I haven't paid that much but these people rip us off with every charge they can.
Last time I was in the hospital was cause I got in the way of an avalanche. L&I took care of the bill and paid me 1/2 of my base pay while I was getting better. I still have pins in both my arms and left leg but if they hadn't put them in I'd be in a wheelchair.
I looked at what that bill ran the State of Colorado. Close to $325,000.00. That was three operations, 2 weeks in traction, and 3 months rehab so I could get back to work. All that time I was in bad pain and if I hadn't had an attitude problem about drugs I could have turned into a junkie.
Ask me about it and I'd have been just as glad to put me out of my misery. I mean a .44 round only costs 79 cents. Do it while I was out cold and I never would have known the difference.
Sooner or later the clock runs out. I told them not to bring me back the next time.
A few years ago we had a fire in the shop. It started in a cyclone tower. We must have picked up a pebble or piece of steel that sparked because it blew up like a truck load of dynamite.
We all got out but one guy, Jerry Wilson. The bill for that 8 day hospital stay was about $125,000.00. The worst he suffered was a burned foot and leg, and smoke inhalation. We had good insurance but the deductable ran me a small fortune. The deductable can break you.
If a horse had the same injury the vet bill would have been 10% of that at most and the horse would get the same good care. Losing the shop was bad but it was a lot worse dealing with an injured friend.
I'm just proud Jerry is still with us in the new shop. This one has a lot better dust collection system.
Industrial injuries are no laughing matter. In the old days, Labor and Industries would pick up the tab for your care while you were laid up and out of work, give you 1/2 your base pay in time loss, and where applicable, pain clinics and psychiatric care to deal with PTSD etc.
Those days are gone. Obamacare ended them.
Washington is one of the very few states that adopted Obamacare but we have found that it is so subject to abuse that we may refuse to enforce it and return to the simpler and fairer medical statutes we once had.
States have the right to do so. Federal law only applies on Federal land, not under State jurisdiction.