Health reform? Bite me!

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You have to wait until the fourth paragraph, but you eventually find out what the pro-reform side has resorted to–biting off fingers:

A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care reform.

The assailant chomper might have inadvertently illustrated what was wrong with the health system:

The man took his finger and walked to Los Robles hospital for treatment. Doctors reattached the finger, which was said to have been severed in half. He has since been released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Wait, what? He got timely treatment, a finger re-attached, and was released within 24 hours? How was this possible without serious health insurance reform? Meanwhile, I stumbled along a story from Britain where overnight care involves the icebox:

Ms Sykes, who is now considering legal action, told the BBC: “I saw a nurse taking his finger, which was on a tray, in a plastic bag out of the bin and wiping it off.

“I feel so confused and angry. I believe that it hasn’t taken because of our treatment, because of it being thrown in the bin.

“It was in a plastic bag for a couple of hours and it’s not going to take after that much treatment.”

The family were then told to take the finger home, pack it in ice and put it in the fridge before taking it with them to Booth Hall hospital for the operation next morning.

Yes, the public “option” is clearly the way to go. If you don’t accept it, we’ll threaten your health.

8 Responses to “Health reform? Bite me!”

  1. Andy Says:

    Hey Rocky, Red Andy here. I was listening to Mark Steyn filling in for Limbaugh today. Now, I’m not sure if the guy that called in was “actually” who he claimed to be…but he was pretty convincing.

    The guy claimed to be on the scene when this all happened. He said that the “Pro-Obama-MoveOner” picked out the oldest, smallest “anti-reform” protester, and started the whole thing. He also claimed to be the guy that found the finger in the street and called 911…was told that the nearest hospital was Los Robles (that means “the Oaks” if you don’t talk Mexican).

    He says he took the finger to the ER, and saw the poor old guy being treated…gave the doctor the finger…and it’s all okay as far as he knows.

    But your point is well made! My Uncle cut his finger off with a table saw here in Louisiana a few years ago. He wrapped it up in a handkerchief, drove to the hospital, was seen immediately, and it was taken care of right away.

    I can only imagine what it would have been like if he had been told to “take this sucker home! You got a Frigidaire, don’t ya’?” It’s crazy man…

  2. Rocky Says:

    Poor doctor, being given the finger. Even when it’s the figurative way of saying it, it’s not a good day.

    Didn’t hear the story as I was kind of intermittently listening to Steyn today. I never miss it when he fills in for Limbaugh.

    I am not at all surprised that the pro-reform guy specially picked him, nor that he went conveniently through the anti-reform crowd.

    David Frum has a column on the unsustainability of the current system in the US, but he doesn’t say much about any of the other out of control costs elsewhere. It’s purely a demographics shift, with older folks being larger consumers of health care. Since they are also the wealthiest segment of the population, it stands to reason that they should be paying more for their health. Forget the death panels or any of that. Don’t old people pay more for car insurance, too?

  3. nancy Says:

    While chopping wood, my husband’s finger was cut off by his brother. The chickens ran off fighting over it and it was never found.
    off topic, I know, but I love that story. :)

  4. Rocky Says:

    Off topic or not, it’s great! I guess the little mother cluckers are omnivores after all, so killing them is just self-defence.

  5. dmorris Says:

    I think chickens are pigs with wings and a smaller brain. I’ve seen ‘em eat at a dead one of their fellow cluckers, and peck away at Garter snakes.

    Col.Saunders shoulda got the Nobel Prize.

  6. Andy Says:

    He didn’t?

  7. dmorris Says:

    Nope. They gave it to Al Gore instead.

  8. The Mayor Says:

    Speaking of chickens and snakes…

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