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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Culture Crisis or Health Care Crisis?

I received this via e-mail a few hours ago. Reportedly it is a letter from a Medical Doctor to President Obama. Whether or not it WAS written an MD, the points are valid. We are perpetuating a culture not just of irresponsibility but of a belief that others will be responsible for us,...our welfare checks, our medical care, short everything. No more is this evident is the proposed Government take over of Health Care.

Dear Mr. President:

During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore
a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone. While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"!

During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.

And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture",
a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance.

It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.


1 comment:

  1. Anyone who hasn't seen the movie 'Idiocracy' really should. It's really stupid funny, but could be our future.