||[Sep. 16th, 2010|08:38 pm]
Saw this on Facebook--apparently written as a "letter to the editor"... I'm only sharing this because I simply want to see what everyone's thoughts are on this. No flame wars, please. ;-)
This is a young physician by the name of Dr. Roger 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 pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, 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.
ROGER STARNER JONES, MD
If you agree...pass it on.
My thoughts in one word: Exactly.
With B working in the healthcare field, I hear these kinds of stories on a daily basis. They are the sad truth and this is a good representation of our current generation's entitlement.
I had this discussion with my mother yesterday. We both agreed that a lot of her generation and after have a sort of entitlement issue: we as a whole seem to think everyone and anyone "owes" us something. There are more people who want things simply handed to them than those who want to work for it.
Sadly, I don't see that changing anytime soon. One look at the current generation of children (my own nieces, for example) makes me worried for our future. :/ (It doesn't help their mother sits on welfare and has 15+ accounts for farmville but 'can't get a job').
Whereas people like me who need Medicaid can't get it. ;p
When I first read this, I thought the same thing you did too--but as I read through the comments on where this was originally posted to, I wasn't so sure this letter was totally correct in its assumptions.
All I can say is I'm so glad I live in Australia, I really am.
Not me. :P I don't want NO part of being on a massive island where to get anything shipped from somewhere is ass..no...BUTTLOADS of money. =\
What on earth would you be shipping?
I was [mostly] joking-- I think Australia's fine, I just have this weird thing about never wanting to live on an island [even a big one :p].
But the point I was driving at before, is from both my and my boyfriend's experiences with shipping to Australia [we sell stuff off and on], that typically shipping to Australia was one of the most expensive countries to ship to [along with the biggest amount of whiners who wanted us to flout import/customs taxes and stuff. Generally it didn't matter what we shipped there, either. ^^;
I don't care about the bad apples, there are those of us who aren't in that same position who NEED healthcare.
I remember working at a grocery store as a cashier and people coming in with food stamps and the like but having Louis Vuitton purses, and other expensive items. It always bothered me. :/
I agree, and it still bothers me too. But something that even I still struggle with is not making assumptions--that whole not "making an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me'" thing. Unless we treat a particular person like who you described as a case study, and also systematically went through and monitored their typical monthly expenses, we don't really know their situation.
I doubt most of those people either you or I see going through a checkout line with food stamps, or those through a hospital with Medicaid, have the true brand-label version of a purse or outfit or whatever---- more than likely it's a [Chinese] knock-off that they probably bought for 1/10 of the price.
But all that being said, I agree there's a problem with people abusing the various social programs and the wrong people getting approved for them versus the ones who truly need/deserve it.
However, Cassie made a good, personal point on FB [I x-posted it there as well--can't remember her LJ user ID offhand at the moment].. if any of you have me friended on FB, you can go see for yourself [mostly because FB isn't playing nice and letting me/copy paste] -- maybe this will work: http://www.facebook.com/#!/sekaijuu?v=wall&story_fbid=151015994932313&ref=mf
I agree with a lot of what your friend Cassie wrote though and the tone of the way this is written comes off very...ergh. The tone of it made me wince a bit while I read it, etc.
But yes, I sadly know some people, like my sister's ex, who abuse the system so badly, it makes me sick to my stomach. Like leeching off unemployment to go party with friends and go clubbing, meanwhile being able to avoid child support. But each case scenario is different, and like you said, we don't know their situation.
I guess it bothered me a lot mostly because at the time I was working 40+ hours and was barely making by as it was. I struggled with bills and I couldn't have 'nice things' so seeing them waltz through my line with purses I saw as expensive felt like insult to injury, you know?
Believe me, I am annoyed with the people who do abuse the system! Those who I know with absolute certainty who are abusing it-- I can think of one person offhand in particular who is on like every form of assistance, they have 4 kids, and yet all they seem to do is party (kind of like how you said).
I really do understand, it's just... I seem to like playing devil's advocate a lot, perhaps to my detriment? :x