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Unsocialized Government (a play in 1/2 an act)

(I totally stole this from Violet Socks)

(I totally stole this from Violet Socks)


Dispatcher:  Midvale Fire Department, how may I help you?

Homeowner:  My house is on fire!

Dispatcher:  May I have your policy number?

Homeowner:  My what?

Dispatcher:  Your homeowners insurance policy number.

Homeowner: What do you need that for?  MY HOUSE IS ON FIRE!

Dispatcher:  I have to verify coverage, sir.

Homeowner:  What the f u . . .?  Just a second, let me find the card in my wallet.

Dispatcher:  I’ll hold, sir.

Homeowner:  Here it is, it’s X123456789

Dispatcher:  Thank you, sir.  Okay, I see you are covered for basic fire.  Is anyone trapped in the house?

Homeowner:  No, everyone got out.

Dispatcher:  That’s good, because you’re not covered for rescues from burning buildings.

Homeowner:  No, everyone’s out.  But the house is burning, can you please hurry?

Dispatcher:  Just a few more questions, sir.  There is a $10,000 co-pay due at the time of service, will you be paying with cash or major credit card?

Homeowner:  I don’t have that kind of cash and my cards are maxed out.  Will you take a check?

Dispatcher:  I’m afraid not sir, would you like to fill out a credit application?

Homeowner:  Yes, yes, whatever.  Just send the damn fire trucks!

Dispatcher:  There is no need for profanity sir.  Do you know how the fire started?

Homeowner:  I think my son was playing with matches.

Dispatcher:  Oh, I’m sorry sir, your policy carries an exclusion for arson.  Have a nice day.


Homeowner:  Hello?  Hello?


Total spending on health care, per person, 2007:

United States: $7290
France: $3601
United Kingdom: $2992
Italy: $2686

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44 Responses

  1. Have ever heard of ” fire marks”? In the beginning years of this country the fireman belonged to private companies. If your house caught fire if you did not have the fire mark it burned down. Thank God that changed.



  2. Winston Churchill:

    The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all. That is clear. Disease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman simply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the same way as the fire brigade will give its full assistance to the humblest cottage as readily as to the most important mansion. Our policy is to create a national health service in order to ensure that everybody in the country, irrespective of means, age, sex, or occupation, shall have equal opportunities to benefit from the best and most up-to-date medical and allied services available.

    • And more:

      “On Jan. 11, 1937, Governor
      Lloyd C. Stark, in his inaugural
      address, stressed the importance
      of a cancer hospital available
      to “the humblest citizen.” Senator Michael
      Kinney of St. Louis then introduced a bill
      to the 59th General Assembly to establish
      such a cancer hospital. The bill was signed by
      Governor Stark that same year. On Nov. 23,
      1937, the Missouri State Cancer Commission
      selected Columbia as the site because it was
      located virtually in the heart of the state at
      the intersection of two major highways. This
      was all meant to facilitate statewide access to
      cancer care.”

      Lloyd Stark was my great uncle, a Democratic governor of MO. This is what the Democratic Party used to look like. The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center continues to treat all MO residents, regardless of their ability to pay. What have we become in this country?

      • Republicans

          • That’s what happens when you have two Republican parties. Government is evil in all ways. Get rid of education, heath, welfare, and while you’re at it, all human rights. What’s not to like.

          • I suspect part of the problem is the Democrats are caught in their own web. They don’t have the money to increase services without raising taxes and they don’t have the guts to tell people that because it might mean they would end up out on their backsides.

            That’s a big incentive to privatize and let everyone pay their own share or have the private companies collect the money for services. The democratic party is gutless.

  3. You need to add the life expectancies Myiq

    Italy and France outlive us by 2 years and the Brits have the same life expectancy.

    Evidently socialized medicine in two of the countries not only brought price down but still managed to produce longetivity that met or exceed our own “best medicine money can buy”

  4. Glenzilla:

    Over the past decade, the Democratic Party has specialized in offering up one excuse after the next for its collective failures. During the early Bush years, the excuse was that they endorsed Bush policies because his popularity and post-9/11 hysteria made it politically unwise to oppose him. In later Bush years when his popularity plummeted, the excuse was that Democrats were in the minority and could do nothing. After 2006 when they won a Congressional majority, the excuse was that Bush still controlled the White House and had veto power. After 2008 when a Democrat won the White House, the excuse was that Republicans could filibuster.

    Now that they have a filibuster-proof majority, a huge margin in the House and the White House, the excuses continue unabated, as Democrats are now on the verge of jettisoning one of the most significant attractions for progressives to the Obama campaign — active government involvement in the health insurance market. The excuses for “compromising” are cascading more rapidly than ever: We need Republican support to ensure it’s bipartisan. The Blue Dogs won’t go along with what we want. Centrist Senators will filibuster. There are similar excuses being made to defend Obama from accusations that he deserves some of the blame for the failure of the “public option.”

    Failure is a feature, not a bug.

    • Interesting remark from Glenn in the comments section of his health care article:

      “We got sold down the river before this supposed “battle” ever began. President Obama is not who he claimed to be during his campaign. That is self-evident at this point.”

      Obviously even bright people like Glenn get rolled by their own “hope” (and, I suspect, CDS).

      • He’s exactly who he claimed to be, Glenn punked his own self.

        the guy ran Harry and Louise ads and insisted that a government mandated program would amount to making the poor choose between rent and health care. Which part of that did Glenn take to mean fully supports universal coverage?

        • Yes, Glenn is continually shocked–shocked, I tell you–by Obama being worse than Bush. I’m tired of these people saying that McCain would have been worse than Obama. Obama is the ultimate corporate whore–always has been, always will be.

        • Bingo. Why didn’t anyone but us listen to what Obama himself said.

          • DT,

            Because we agree with the POTUS that words matter. Because we also think that actions matter, we parted ways.


          • If words and actions mattered then one only needed to actually weigh the words and action of Obama and his surrogates to see exactly who he was.

            I do not agree with Glenn that Obama is not who he claimed to be. I think instead that what he isn’t is a reflection of what Glenn and others failed to take into account. Barack Obama is the equivalent of the guy who the left wished to drink a beer with(I can not even begin to count the number of times I tried to discuss policy difference on domestic policy and was poh poohed about how it didn’t matter since the legislative legwork would fall on Congress). It’s just a darn shame the rest of us are stuck with him as well.

    • Yep, they’re worse than Republicans. At least with Repubs they make it clear they’re for big mondo corporations having complete control and bankrupting the fed gov. to make that easier. Democrats are for exactly the same thing except they lie and pretend they’re for something else.

      • Stabbed in the front or stabbed in the back option.

        With the Republicans they laugh while they knife you in the gut. With the Democrats they giggle and snicker behind your back while they knife you right in the kidneys.

        I am so ready for a third choice.

  5. Obama has got to be the most shallow, vein President in American history:


    He’s the Gilderoy Lockhart of politics!

    • LOL, love the Gilderoy reference. Remember, Celebrity is as celebrity does. Remember that. 🙂

      • Even better:

        Harry: You’re running away? After all that stuff you did in your books?
        Gilderoy Lockhart: Books can be misleading…
        Harry: You wrote them!
        Gilderoy Lockhart: My dear boy, do use your common sense! My books wouldn’t have sold half as well if people didn’t think *I’d* done all those things!

        Does rather fit Obama doesn’t it. 🙂

  6. Inside USA – Privatised cities (run by international top defense contractor)- 17 Oct 08 – Part 1

    • I’ll see you one privatized city and raise you one foreign controlled toll road thanks to W and his grand scheme to “lease” assets.


      Indiana has one of these toll roads I believe.

      • In 1992, George H.W. Bush signed Executive Order 12803

        WOW, now I am going to have nightmares and wonder if the next bridge I cross is a foreign country and if I will need my passport and or a visa to cross. SO, the bridge is really for SALE! WOWZA!

  7. Best play I’ve seen at TC 😀

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