Friday, January 08, 2010

Medicaid Abuse - Expansion of the Culture of Recent Decades

Whether or not Snopes confirmed this post, I agree with Dr. Jones and millions of other workers and retirees. In 2006, during a debt-ceiling debate, then Senator Barack Obama said, "Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

That was $2 trillion ago, when someone else was President.

Sorry I couldn't forward the picture of Dr. Jones.
The contents of this blog were forwarded to me by a friend.

Merle Widmer

Subject: Fw: Culture Crisis, not Health Care Crisis

I did verify this on the Snopes link. Outrageous!


Subject: Fw: It's A Culture Crisis - Not Health Care Crisis

Please meet Dr Starner Jones from Jackson , Mississippi . [see photo below].

His short 2-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis". Its worth a quick read:

Starner Jones, MD
I am a seventh generation Mississippian and wanted to come back here after going somewhere else for college and medical school.. My extracurricular interests are golf, hunting, fishing and college football.

Dear Sirs:

"During my last night's shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with an expensive shiny gold tooth, multiple elaborate expensive tattoos, a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped with her favorite R&B tune for a ringtone.. Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid. She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer.

And our Congress expects me to pay for this woman's health care? Our nation's health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture ˜ a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. A culture that thinks "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow. Don't you agree?

Jackson , MS

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Anonymous said...

I agree, no need to check snopes or any other. And we now have 2 and 3 generations of this culture. Sad, but what is the answer?

Merle Widmer said...

My blog of December 31 says what I am have always TRIED to have and asking other to stop this "politically correct" madness sweeping this nation. Read my blog of today. Perhaps you can answer.

Compassion for other is a noble trait. But we need to review the ancient parable about feeding people fish or teaching people how to catch their own fish.

Thanks for your comments.

Anonymous said...

I see this same thing when you go into the DHS office. Those in line have beautiful manicured nails, fancy hairdos, jewelry that looks expensive, nice clothes, always a cell phone and designer handbags and they are standing in line for food stamps. Then they go out into the parking lot and get into a big SUV and drive off.

Temporary recipient said...

Bull: Three months ago, I walked into the DHS office on NE Adams in Peoria. I saw a bunch of poor people. None of them looked like they had a ton of money to waste on non-essentials. I saw a lot of old cars in rough shape. Did SOME people look relatively well-dressed, or were they driving nicer cars? Yes are the recently employed supposed to sell their cars or their clothes before they apply?

I'm guessing that MOST of the people in line with me that day would rather have been working.

If the government would get out of the business of picking and choosing which businesses are the winners, perhaps the free market would make the Welfare culture unnecessary.

Merle Widmer said...

I certainly agree that "MOST PEOPLE WOULD RATHER WORK". However, the number of adults incarcerated right now in the United States, the highest per capita in the world, (Iran appears to be catching up) are not working and evidently weren't before they got caught, most unmarried poverty level mothers,3,4 generations of ??? with 2-6 kids evidently didn't spend enough time working, about half of the adults I see on the 2nd floor of the Peoria County Courthouse sure don't dress like they are working or want to, drop-outs unless one has the mentality of a Bill Gates cry because they can't get a job, etc., etc., etc.

Then I can remember the 28 years I was a business owner where a significant number of job applicants weren't qualified to work. Has it changed? No, I'm told it has gotten worse.