Kate Clinton

The Single Prayer Plan: Please god, don't let me get sick

Filed By Kate Clinton | July 22, 2009 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Barack Obama, Congress, health care reform, pork barrel, single payer

Let's all pull up our camp chairs around the fire and tell our scariest health care stories: the friend who couldn't afford her thyroid medication and permanently damaged her eyes; the friend who needed a hip replacement and got caught in the dreaded catch-22 world of pre-existing conditions; the vigilant friend who called out her over-billing pharmacy when she mysteriously hit her insurance limit. I bet you've got scarier stories. I hope it's not your own.

Or we could just take some burning logs from the fire, march down to DC, storm Congress and demand action. They are currently stalled, off Obama's timetable for reform, trying to figure out how to pay for healthcare. The entitled, pork-barreling, bridge-to-nowhere Congress has suddenly become a born-again, bean-counting, bottom-lining model of fiscal responsibility.

Being in Massachusetts home of both marriage equality and health care, I swear I don't feel that thrumming bass note of healthcare worry here in the Commonhealth. We have all read the deleterious effects of stress. The cost of not worrying about what will become of you when you get sick is never factored into health care costs and it's priceless.

I am not a doctor; I don't even play one on TV, but I've got an idea to finance health care. My plan is full of empathy, if you will pardon the expression. It does not involve taxing the poor victimized rich. They have suffered enough. It does not involve making people bid fond, tearful farewells to their family doctor of eighty years. Who are those people? It does not involve doing your own plastic surgery. A woman did and you can see the terrible results on Youtube.

Forty years ago one very popular head-shop t-shirt read, "War is not healthy for children and other living things." It was supposedly drawn by some adorable child of a hippie. It was a bit cloying. But I thought of that shirt the other day as I listened to more squawking balking about the near one trillion dollar cost of health care reform. This from those who never thought twice (or accurately) about the three trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War.

We are now in two wars. My health care RX? First, quit giving the warlords free Viagra. Get the water running in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dump Paxil and estrogen into the water system and leave. The money we save will finance an amazing US health care system. It will be the envy of Canada.


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Kate may not be a doctor or play one on tv and she apparently shouldn't also extrapolate on health care fixes in the US.

Us not needing a health care fix is patent nonsense. We need single-payer health care badly.

The only way our system could be better than Canada's is if we gave our health care free. 'til then, Kate should keep her opinions to herself on this one.

Ethan Kincaid | July 23, 2009 1:24 AM

I'm Canadian. Our healtcare's pretty good. Not perfect though.

You want a horror story? I had to go to Serbia to get a penis put on me and pay for it out of pocket. Now I've got a half-finished wang and my wife has lost her job, our only source of income. Thousands of dollars in debt, down to one meal a day, and staring down bankruptcy with something rather resembling an eggroll in my pants is not a happy reality.

Just be careful when deifying the Canadian healtcare system. It's overrated.

"We are now in two wars. My health care RX? First, quit giving the warlords free Viagra. Get the water running in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dump Paxil and estrogen into the water system and leave....."

I shouldn't have been taking a drink of my coffee when I read this. Laughing while sitting at your PC station with hot beverage in your mouth is hazardous to keyboards.

Would the same work for HMO's, Health care really took off on the old money making train with HMO's ??? Nothing says compassion like making money off of those needing medical care. And, that's my two-cents worth of "extrapolation".