The Absurdity of Assumptions

Posted: February 1, 2010 in 1
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My mother sent me the following email:

“Amen and amen…………….

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.


Starner Jones, MD”

Now, I have to agree that a lot of people are abusing the system, but to assume that everybody who has expensive items bought those expensive items with money stolen from the government is absurd.

What about people who lost their jobs? What about people who became suddenly ill? Should everybody who owned homes, automobiles, and property now wear rags and deny their previous monetary status? Should they exchange all of their new clothes for tattered remnants salvaged from other people’s throw-aways?

Case in point: I have been on public assistance since I was diagnosed with cancer. Prior to my diagnosis, my son and his wife purchased an iPhone for me. Not only did they purchase the phone for me; they also added me to their family plan.

After reading this email, I have to wonder: when I go in for chemo treatments, are people judging me the same way Dr. Starner Jones judged his patient?


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