Zupan’s Cashier’s Request for Prosthetic Arm $$ Is Denied

If you’ve shopped at the Zupan’s on West Burnside within the last six or seven years, you probably know who I am talking about.

This cashier, whose first name begins with the letter “L,” has been without the use of one arm for the last 20 years or so. He once explained this disability to me as “kind of a Bob Dole thing.”

Despite the fact that he must work through great pain, he’s a faster checker and bagger than almost any other you will meet. Plus, he does it all with a smile and a laugh that rings authentic and informed.

Lately, there has been significant progress in prosthetic arms. “L” ‘s docs would love for him to have one, but the price tag would run between $6,000 and $10,000.

I heard a couple of weeks ago that “L’s” request for insurance to cover the cost of the prosthetic and the related operation was declined.

I cannot remember if the decliner was Medicaid or private insurance, but in either case, the denial infuriates me. Some damn bean counter, working for an entity that has surely has spent far more money on far less worthy causes than giving a new limb to a good and honest, hard working man who, unlike so many in his occuaption, really gives good service.

Tonight, I heard from one of L’s co-workers that L has hired an attorney to fight this denial.

Maybe I am prejudiced because I kind of know the dude, but in the name of all that is humane and honorable, I hope he wins.

Fight the power, “L.”

3 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    I only know “L” from a customer’s POV, but I hope this situation works out for him and wish him the best.

    Unfortunatley, as we all know, this kind of crappy treatment isn’t rare in the US healthcare “industry.” And here’s just another example of fat cats getting ahead on the backs of the working people. It’s exciting that Michael Moore’s “Sicko” will soon shed some light on this subject.

    I hope someday the US will be like every other industrialized country in the world and have fair and equitable socialized healthcare. Until then, I have respect for the folks like “L” who get up everyday and work their asses off with a smile on thier faces, just to be told “no” by some money grubber who probably earns enough to buy three or four prothstetic limbs every month.

    The system is sick. Rock on, “L!”


  2. Tired of Grocery Store Metroblogging (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    Russ, if you didn’t go teh store would you have ANYTHING to blog about? I grocery shop too but I don’t need to tell people about it all the time. Maybe you need a separate blog just for grocery shopping posts.


  3. Jeffrey (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 7:20 am

    This is pretty tragic, especially considering the fact that Zupans just spent darn near a million bucks to make their Westside location more hip and contemporary. I guess gray slate flooring by the deli counter is more important to their business than giving their employee an arm. Awful.



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