There are the common manifestations of PAS, which non-custodial fathers know too well: gifts or cards never given to the children, phone calls filtered, or calls that stop when a trial is over. Here is a new one: turning down father’s medical health insurance and having him pay un-reimbursed medical expenses which could be covered by his health insurance.
The divorce agreement I signed in May 2001 includes an article stating that “the father shall pay each year through his “Flex Plan” the first $2,000 of uninsured medical expenses for the children, including physicians’ services…dental, orthodontia, psychiatric, pyschological, pharmaceutical and optometry expenses.” All the latter are expenses that Princeton University – where sicko works- medical insurance does not cover. Because I did not have health insurance at the time, I agreed to chip in through flexible pretax plan.
Five years later, I am privileged enough to benefit from one of the best health insurance in the country, and to be able to insure my daughters, thanks to the SUNY union -United University Professions. The insurance provides the whole enchilada: medical, vision, dental. Except for dental expenses, where forms have to be filled, there is just one thing to do: swipe the damn card when needed.
There are forty- five million people without health insurance in this country, but sicko ex-wife must be the only American who refuses to use dental and vision insurance for her children. Why? First, I would contribute something for the children, and this cannot happen on her watch. She has to be the only provider in town: of love, housing, health insurance. Second, with the help of biased Manhattan family court, she can get me for un-reimbursed medical expenses.
Talking about Manhattan Family court, I just received today, December 15 2008, a support order requiring that I enroll the children in any health coverage available where I work. Even a mind like Kafka’s could not envision such depth in absurd pointlessness.
I hope that Daschle, Obama’s health policy man, will succeed in providing this country with universal health insurance. And make it a crime not to use health insurance if you have one.
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