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September 21, 2009

Who You Gonna Call?

Desperately trying to make up for deteriorating support for its signature health care reform initiative, the Obama Administration has decided to deploy its secret weapon:

Joe Biden.

The Vice-President is set to give his “first major health policy address” tomorrow before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in National Harbor, Maryland.

We were able to secure an advanced copy of the Vice President’s prepared remarks:

Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s good to be here in Maryland.  They don’t like letting me travel too much, which is fine with me.  What with the H1N1 virus you’re pretty much playing Russian roulette with your life getting on a plane these days.  Hey, you’re Insurance Commissioners, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know already!

Let me start with a few facts. Right now, nearly twelve out of every ten Americans is in jeopardy of losing his or her health insurance.  Twelve out of ten.  That's almost 50%.  And as a nation, we spend more money in one day on health care than what it cost to fight World War II.  Let that sink in for a moment, because it's a pretty unbelievable number, I know! And despite spending twice what Sweden spends per person on health care, Swedes typically live to be 140, 150, something like that, which I guess explains why they make such safe cars.

Those are just the plain facts, folks, the ones you don't hear at those crazy town hall meetings.  But, I don't want to just bore you with a bunch of dry facts. 

We have a serious health problem in this country.  It happens to be three words: Preexisting Conditions.  Three words.

Let me tell you a little story.  When I was four years old, I got a job working in the coal mines in Scranton.  Twelve hours a day with a half hour break, barely enough time to finish my Clif Bar and caffeine-free diet Dr. Pepper.  Well, like so many others in those days, I came down with black lung disease.  My parents’ insurance refused coverage, claiming it was a preexisting condition. 

Black lung.  A preexisting condition.  Can you believe it?  Seriously, can you believe it?

Well, we couldn’t afford the treatments and as a result, I suffered for years, lingering on the edge of death, and eventually dying in my mother’s arms.

I hate to make it personal, but you have standing before you a person who has died of black lung disease due to a lack of insurance coverage, died right in my mother’s arms.

I’m telling you, no parent in America should ever have to lose a child, as my parents lost me.  No one.

Listen folks, when I was in New York City not long ago, I dropped in on one of my favorite diners, busy little pace called Monk’s Café, I’m sure some of you have heard of it. It’s very famous.  Well, I was sitting there having some coffee, with just a little bit of sugar, have to watch that waist line, when lo and behold, in walks Jerry with his girlfriend.  He orders a slice of apple pie, best pie in the city by the way, but she refused Jerry’s offer to share the pie. 

He was willing to share, but she refused.

As you can imagine, Jerry was very upset. And that got me to thinking.  Where did those mannequins come from that looked like Elaine?

And that’s the point I’m trying to make.  I may have died from black lung disease as a child, but that doesn’t mean that we as a country have to stand by while the special interests make mannequins in our likeness.  Not in Barack Obama’s America. No way, no how.

So don’t listen to those on the other side and their death panels and scare tactics. What we’re offering is simple.  We’re offering to share our apple pie. 

And isn't that, ladies and gentleman, what this is all about?

Thank you, and may God bless.

Don't be surprised if there are a few edits before tomorrow…

J.

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He's won me over.

Posted by: Amarsir | Sep 22, 2009 2:24:23 AM

Please pass the Koolaid.

Posted by: barryjo | Sep 22, 2009 7:10:47 PM

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