Saturday, November 6, 2010
Conversation with mother at dinner last evening:
Mom: "Are you an AARP member?"
Mom: "Good. Don't join."
Mom: "They've raised their insurance rates. For their employees. For everyone. Something like 9 per-cent. Because of the health care law. Which they pushed for."
Me: "Well, AARP isn't the insurance company - the insurer they contract with is raising its rates - like many other insurance companies are - because they can. The new law will restrict them from arbitrarily increasing rates in the future, so they're grabbing money while they can."
Mom; "Oh. I thought they were the insurance company. Well, my rates are going up. I think they are. I'll have to look at my papers. (pause) I'm going to drop everything. If I get sick I'll just shoot myself."
Me: (Sighing loudly) "Do you want more wine?"
The rest of the meal progressed rather uneventfully; mother reading grocery store fliers while I perused the IKEA catalog. Then my mother asked me if IKEA was Chinese or Japanese.
"Um, they're Swedish."
"Oh. Well, everyone in the catalog looked Oriental."
Glancing down at the blonde family gathered round the lovely kitchen scene in the catalog, I remained silent. I needed all my strength to keep from banging my head against the table....
Posted by intelliwench at 11/06/2010 07:40:00 AM