An arm and a leg for teeth
I have insurance. Yesterday I went to my dentist for what I thought would be a rather routine procedure. After a bunch of x-rays and other (I thought) excessive tests, the “friendly” receptionist said my co-pay would amount to $2,000!
Though they do not offer a payment plan, she pointed me in the direction of a “hard-money” lender who might be able to help out.
I’m not sure of the answer to the health-care issue. But, I do know that when the middle class and the great “unwashed” (under-class) are in the same sinking ship, social catastrophe is looming.
Death counselors may or may not be a myth. But, as in Oriental countries (past and present), the solace of Opium dens offer harried citizens a respite from seeming unsolvable pain and suffering. The American style may take the form of booze and subscription pain medications. Anything to make it through, or into, that good night.
I know Long Beach residents generously give back to the community with their time and money. That’s why I’m partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive.
Blood donations always dip to dangerously low levels during the summertime. This is an opportunity for you to give a life-saving gift by donating your blood and time.
The blood drive will take place on:
Wednesday, September 9
10:45am to 3:45pm
Long Beach Main Library
101 Pacific Ave.
You can sign up by visiting www.redcross.org, [clicking “Give Blood”] and typing in the code “CLB.” Or you can call for an appointment at (562) 570-7162.
The Red Cross serves more than 150 hospitals in Southern California, including four in the Long Beach area. The goal for the Red Cross is to maintain a three-day supply since one blood user can seriously reduce the available blood supply.
If you have any questions, please contact my office at (562) 570-6801 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Mayor Bob Foster