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Looking At The Issues Surrounding Health Care

A true letter has been circulating on the Internet for a few months, written by a medical doctor and shows the professional concern for the new health care issues about to take America by storm. A new light is being shed on these issues by health care professionals on health care for everyone without concern for who is going to pay for the service.

The letter started off by address the President. "Dear Mr. President, while doing the job that I was trained to do in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a female patient that flaunted some of the more flashy perks of life in the United States of America. A expensive shiny gold tooth, some very expensive body tattoos and tennis shoes while socializing on a new cell phone with the latest R&B hit ring tone.

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. Respectfully, ROGER STARNER JONES, MD"

All this, without a doubt, raises some serious issues like what is insurable. With all due respect to the many hard working men and women that have played by the rules for years and are hanging on by a thread to maintain health insurance for themselves and their families, the hard question is; Will this new health insurance plan bring with it a lot of unhealthy dead weight? Maybe it was never the right for everyone to receive U.S. government subsidized health care paid in full by the American Public.

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