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Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014

Fighting the System

Posted Friday, May 1, 2009, at 10:38 AM

So my health insurance people are concerned about me. I've gained some weight in the last year. They ask if I wear a pedometer. Of course I do and average twelve thousand steps a day. We'll see, I heard the health care representative reply.

Two weeks ago I received a pedometer from my health care organization. It's bigger, has more buttons, and can be connected to the internet so that my results can be downloaded. But it lies! I started wearing both pedometers side by side just to see the results. My blue pedometer continues to indicate I'm averaging twelve thousand steps a day and more. At the end of the day my new pedometer flashes just three thousand.

I contacted the health care company to see what was wrong with their pedometer. Of course their reply was that nothing was wrong; what was wrong with me for asking. I asked if it could be adjusted for more reasonable reporting; I was asked why I would want to remain in denial about my health. And then came the "I've got you." Because they were concerned about me, and because I had inquired ... they gave me "goals" to attain. They specified how far I needed to go in order to meet their hopes/hoops regarding my health. And, if I don't attain them, the caring health care empire will raise my insurance rates dramatically.

This is cruel and unusual punishment. This is insane behavior on the part of this diabolical company. This is manipulation of the worst kind. It's a crime what these people are trying to do to me! Yet, I've found no pedometer police to report their misdeeds.

And so, I've started walking, and walking, and walking. I'm now up to seven thousand steps a day as downloaded and "affirmed" by their webpage that states their member participants' wishes will always be heard. I eventually must reach twenty thousand steps ...

Maybe this is a wake up call. Perhaps I should be thankful that this is occurring now. I'm not diabetic due to weight and lack of exercise. I show no internal organ problems due to my weight and health. And, I had already reached the point where I could only get into two pair of my pants; this has saved me from having to buy new clothes.

Yet the way this has been done is what bothers me. And, to be honest, I'm bothered that my wake up call didn't come from within. It came from a devious and evil company. It came from "the system". And that's because my own internal system had shut down. I was no longer doing all that I needed to do regarding self-care. I was doing "some" of the right things. Maybe we Americans in the mid-west have weight problems because we're waiting for someone or something else to wake us up. Maybe I need to be thankful my time came now while I'm still healthy. Or maybe I need to confess that it was the fear of paying more money on my premiums ...

Oh, and I've had both pedometers "measured" in terms of the distance they report. It turns out my blue pedometer is the one that is accurate. Lots of good that does me...

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P.T. Wilson is the senior pastor at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, and is also the University Chaplain at DePauw University.
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