I am now leading "the ninety-nine thousand dollar life." That is the price tag attached to treating my heart attack. This expensive life was fought for by FDR and his "New Deal" and by all of the legislators who followed Lyndon Johnson's lead to vote for Medicare. I take this history very personally.
And I'm taking this current fight over health care very personally. That $99,000? I'm no more deserving of those dollars than the next guy.
So, in the meantime, since I am one of the lucky ones, I'm going to pay attention to leading a "valuable" life. A better friend? Better family member? Better citizen?
I'm working on it.