For the first time in my life, I have an inhaler to deal with my spring allergies. It’s fantastic and amazing. Every May I just stop being well as the pollen assaults me, but this year I’m doing slightly better thanks to Obama Care that lets me have affordable health insurance, and, thus, a cost-free inhaler.
This is exactly what I voted for. High five, 2008 Amber.
There’s one glitch for me, though: I keep getting papers from the state of New York saying that if I want to keep my awesome rate for health insurance, I have to prove I’m not incarcerated any more. ANY MORE. As if I ever was. My options for proof are listed as “send over prison discharge papers” or “get a sworn statement from my parole officer”. There is no option for “I’ve no idea what the fuck you’re talking about.” I’ve never so much as been arrested, and now I’m worried there’s some OTHER Amber Marlow out there who is doing hard time and getting mixed up with me in the system.
I’m writing this purely as a record of the times, so my grandchildren can laugh at how absurd it was when America was just starting to have health care for everyone.
Any ideas for proving I’m not a criminal?
photo of me by Katie Jane, because I never shared this full series, and some should see these photos darnit.