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11 February 2009

Medicare or Social Security -- Which is more screwed up? I spent 3 hours on the phone trying to correct basic information like address, tel #, and yes, my SSN plus other info at both agencies. Yet I just know that somewhere is a system that did not get updated, and once again the incorrect information will migrate and infect those that are correct.
The process was I gave the date and subject of a document, and the rep had to figure out what system prepared that document to update my info. Plus, the usual "Medicare has to change that" - "SocSec has to change that" runaround.

What is the most aggravating condition effecting a decline to my general health right now? Dealing with the federal bureaucracxy.
posted by Ardiril 11 February | 11:38
You ain't seen bureaucracy like Quebec's. It's like the state religion here. Once you get to know the place and accept it, it's sort of a humourous reality of life here, but at first it can be incredibly frustrating. I feel for you.
posted by loiseau 11 February | 13:38
Bureaucracies are really hard to deal with. Sorry you have to spend so much time on it.

Now please fill out these two forms and have them notarized, and then submit copies to each office by fax, then call our case management office using the ID code 3QXR743383 between the hours of 4:30 and 5:15 AM to tell them you have filed. Whatever you do don't hang up, because if you lose your place in the queue you have to start over. Once we receive your notice we will inform you of action taken at some time during the next 3-707 months.
posted by Miko 11 February | 18:38
(Badly paraphrasing MASH) "Ah, here it is. An incubator. Nope, sorry, you can't have one. But you can have a jukebox."
posted by Melismata 11 February | 20:13
Here's a pen to stick in your eye. Might be less painful.
posted by gomichild 11 February | 23:47
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle."
posted by Miko 11 February | 23:53
Great times call for great men.

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posted by Hugh Janus 12 February | 00:08
Me, too || I got to visit with Exene Cervenka yesterday! She needed to borrow a cello from me.