Personal Stories from the Health Care Front March 25, 2010Posted by Matt in personal stories, politics.
Tags: death panels, health care reform, insurance companies, Mammon
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Last night we visited a close friend who has been hospitalized for the past several months following a terrible injury, which then resulted in other serious and life-threatening medical problems. She is in good spirits, despite her predicament, and has hopes of being well enough in the near future to leave the hospital and live on her own again. According to what I have been told, she has good hopes of recovery, but it is still too dangerous to her fragile health for her to leave at this time.
Her insurance company, though, has other ideas. It turns out that they are tired of paying for her inpatient stay and are pushing the hospital to release her, despite the opinion of her doctor. Of course she is scared and wondering what the future holds, for her life now lies in the hands of an insurance company that is only concerned with the bottom line.
I hate to turn one’s tragedy into a political discussion, but given the state of affairs in our nation, it seems as though it would be irresponsible not to ask the tough questions.
For those against government regulation of insurance companies and those who unequivocally support the almighty hand of the free market (which will henceforth be referred to as Mammon), particularly those who have no personal stake in the matter, she may be only a sad piece of collateral damage, an unavoidable byproduct of what they trumpet as the greatest health care in the world, or a boo-hoo story from a bunch of Liberal softies. I can’t help but wonder, though, what the moral dilemma must be like for those who do know her and are somewhat familiar with her situation. Should they feel at least partly responsible?
Perhaps the maniacal rants of Sarah Palin and her ilk regarding “death panels,” have an inkling of truth after all. But these “death panels” are not in the employment of the government, rather, they are controlled by the insurance companies themselves, those who have given their very souls over to Mammon for the sake of profit.
So the question must be asked, have those who oppose reform and who stand with the insurance companies implicitly given their support to her death? In their eyes, has she outlived her market value?
May God have mercy…
The End is Nigh! March 22, 2010Posted by Matt in politics.
Tags: apocalypse, Communism, death, destruction, health care reform, Obama, tea parties
The Future, as Seen Through the Eyes of a Tea Partier
Wind swept across the barren landscape for a few seconds, though it provided little reprieve from the oppressive and foreboding air of death engulfing the land. The skies were gray and bleak, with overcast clouds blocking out any visible rays of sunshine, enshrouding the citizens below with hopelessness. Mighty trees lay dead and rotting on the ground, while the lawns, once sparkling with a chemically-enhanced green, were now brown and shriveled reminders of the past.
I stood outside and looked intently down the street, wondering with great trepidation if they would soon be back. The death panels first took the old and infirmed, usually in the dead of night, mysteriously sweeping away any evidence of their existence with one devastating stroke and leaving behind only memories, remembrances now fading away as one day of hell gives way to the next. Now the reach of the panels has moved beyond the more helpless candidates, instead targeting anyone with a mindset differing from that of the government and leaving everyone ill at ease and wondering whether or not they might be next.
It all began with health care reform. Once the ball started rolling down the slippery slope of governmental control, it could not be stopped. Soon they forcibly took our guns and inefficient cars, leaving us unarmed and astride bicycles as our churches burnt to the ground and our children were indoctrinated with gay Nazi Communism. Every private business failed and communities turned into ghost towns where commerce was impossible due to the tax rate of 95%. In ‘O’merica (yes, even the name of the country has been changed) the Constitution has been destroyed, replaced by Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto,” the Koran, and the various books written by the president, now known as the Grand Emperor.
And March 22, 2010, marked the beginning of the end.