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Saturday, November 06, 2010


Boy if this isn't true I don't know what is

Pictured below is a young physician by the name of Dr. Starner Jones.  His short two-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis".  It's worth a quick read:

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 a 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.

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  1. Anonymous3:28 PM

    I am reading between the lines.

    It is a shame that the example used in this "story" singled out someone with tatoos, a gold tooth, etc. The reason the gold tooth and R&B ring tone were called out, was to imply this is a black person. This is to appeal to people who are racist and want to blame minorities for something that is a large societal problem that goes way beyond people on medicaid.

    If we just look around, we see a society full of 'super-sized' obese people that eat nutrient poor food, who don't exercise and drink and/or smoke. Over 3/4 of people in the US are overweight or obese. This societal problem we have with taking care of ourselves is much more responsible for the state of things than some irresponsible person on medicaid. The problem is all of us, including me, not taking care of ourselves.

    All this drives insurance premiums and medical costs up, and a lot of other costs as well. I can no more point the finger at the person in the story, than I can to myself.

    None of this will get better if we continue to spend our energy laying blame rather than taking care of ourselves. Anyone who agrees with the email below, and is not fit because of the choices they make is a hypocrite. Blaming society's ills on someone else is really a distraction. It is way to not be in touch with yourself. As long as your busy focusing on what others are doing, you don't have time to look inward. But, by looking inward, by using our energy to improve ourselves, we lose the need to focus on things that in the grand scheme are not as important as taking charge of our own happiness.

    Regardless, we can all take control of our own health. When you are working out and you feel better, you are happier. That's my two cents. We are too focused on the wrong things.

  2. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Funny, I didn't even think about the race of this person when I read the letter. Frankly, I am tired of race being mentioned for EVERYTHING. I have seen people of all races that fit the description of the person Dr. Jones is writing about. And, (since you missed it) the point of the story is not the persons race, it is the fact that most people seem to manage to have money for whatever they really want. Many people fit into the image his letter portrays, they waste it on expensive and extravagant stuff and then want free healthcare. The story is not about people who smoke, eat too much, have gold teeth, listen to R/B music, have tatoos. It is about the people who spend lots of money on those things, and then show up in the emergency room and DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE. There, do you get it now???? Amen to Dr. Jones!

  3. Anonymous8:08 AM

    I agree. The accusation of racism is out of line. I too am sick to death of folks pulling out the race card for every little thing.

    That person was correct though to point out obese people and drinkers and smokers. That is the point of Dr Jones' remarks. He just happened to cite one particular case that he observed. It's not just about folks with an expensive cell phone, gold teeth and expensive tattoos that aren't taking care of themselves because they think that's the government's job. It's about many of us who spend money to go out to upscale restaurants and take expensive vacations and drive big SUVs but don't have the money to pay the doctor. It's just so ironic that we spend money on things that hurt us like smoking or over use of alcohol and then we complain about the doctor bill. We wouldn't have many of our doctor bills if we would abstain from spending money on the things that are hurting us and if we would do some simple things that cost nothing but would change our health status for the better and save us a lot of doctor’s expenses.

    It is a "culture crisis". We need to all wake up and realize that the more we expect the government to take care of us, the more power the government has to control us. Health care is each of our individual responsibility and not the government's and we should consider how we are taking care of ourselves before we start complaining about the cost of health care and expecting the government to take care of every little thing that befalls us.


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