Things My Health Insurance Really Should Cover as “Preventative Care”
Nutritionists: This one is obvious. I’m not going to figure out that Chipotle gives me gas on my own!
Massage therapists: Back pain for the rest of my life? That sounds like a painkiller addiction waiting to happen. Plus, I need to kill 45 minutes before this movie.
Gym memberships: Um, 90% of Americans don’t exercise enough, and have you ever tried the moisturizer at Equinox?
Kombucha: Gut much? Kombucha is good for you — I don’t really know how, but I know that a lot of skinny people drink it, so it must be good.
Ubers: Do you know how many people die every year from falling in the subway tracks?
My phone plan: I rely heavily on texting for emotional support
Nail polish: If I paint my own nails, I don’t have to get a manicure, and those manicurists all get lung disease from the polish! So this is preventative for other people because I am a #hero.
This bottle of wine: Do you have any idea what alcohol does to the body? Oh, sorry, I meant stress.
My Netflix subscription: Every hour I spend watching Netflix is an hour I don’t spend doing dangerous drugs — have you ever thought of that, Medicaid? Plus, I need to watch Grey’s Anatomy so I stay confident in the ability of surgeon’s to cure me of magical diseases.
This dog: No, I didn’t have to pay a stranger to pet their dog, but in many ways, I should be getting paid for looking out for my emotional well-being.
A first-class ticket to Hawaii: Vacation is one of the healthiest things we can do, according to my Insta feed! And coach? What if I fall asleep and my neck gets sore, and then I need a lobotomy? No thank you! Also, I really assumed having United Healthcare would sort of do me some favors in terms of getting a United Flight.
Election interference: Look, if the Russians can afford, so can Kaiser! So many people are dying because of Republicans — can someone who cares about our well-being please step in?