Thursday, February 11, 2010

Reading the President's Personal Mail

I normally don't send on chain emails, but this one is too good. It also has the advantage of being true.

Pictured to the right is a young physician by the name of Dr. Roger Starner Jones. His short open letter to the White House first appeared in the "letter to the editor" column of a Jackson, MS newspaper and accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis".

Notice that Dr. Jones is not trying to take his patient's right to live her life the way she has. He is objecting to the rest of the nation having to pay for it and go bankrupt in the process. He is spot on. The nations "health care crisis" is really a crisis of cultural values. Until we solve the latter, we will never solve the former.

Note to Christians: The way to solve the latter, the cultural crisis, is the preaching of the gospel. Starting loving people enough to tell them the truth.

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.


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