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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 05:22 PM
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Bob's Trip to The Doctor
Meet Bob. Like many hard-working, responsible Americans, Bob has a good private health care plan. Bob never worries about getting sick, because he knows he's taken care of. Bob doesn't want the government getting in between him and his doctors, making decisions about his health care.

Today at work, Bob started feeling ill. Luckily for Bob, it wasn't a work-related sickness, because some government bureaucrat got in between Bob and his employer and made sure Bob had safe working conditions. "It's probably just a cold," Bob thought to himself. After work, Bob got in his car and drove to the doctor's office. Luckily for Bob, his car didn't blow up or break down on the way because some government bureaucrat got in between Bob and the automaker, demanding safety standards. And when Bob got on the Interstate to save some time, it was a good thing some government bureaucrat had meddled with the free market and ensured it was there to be used. Bob didn't notice any of this, though. He wasn't feeling well.

Arriving at the doctor's office, Bob stopped by the water fountain to cool his throat. Happily for Bob, he didn't get poisoned because some government bureaucrat had gotten between Bob and the water supplier to ensure safe drinking water. At the receptionist's desk, Bob was told that the doctor was very busy and he might have to wait several hours to be seen. Bob was glad America has the best health care system in the world, unlike Canada, where his favorite "fair & balanced" news network had told him he might have to wait days or weeks to be seen. This wasn't actually true, but Bob had no way of knowing that. A long time ago, some government bureaucrat had gotten between Bob and the networks to make sure there was fairness and truth in broadcasting. But then Bob and his friends voted for a famous movie actor as president, and they got rid of that un-American government interference.

When Bob finally saw the doctor, he was diagnosed with a rare type of infection and prescribed drugs to clear it up. Bob didn't even look at the prescription, because he trusted his doctor's judgement. Luckily for Bob, some government bureaucrat had gotten between him and the drug companies and demanded extensive safety testing to make sure the drugs wouldn't harm him. On the way back to his car, Bob took a deep breath of fresh air. He didn't start choking on all sorts of toxic fumes because some government bureaucrat had gotten between Bob and heavy industry and decided Bob had a right to clean air.

Bob stopped by the pharmacy on his way home to fill the prescription. Sadly for Bob, however, the pharmacist informed him that his HMO would not cover the drug. Bob had to fork over $363.72 out of pocket for the prescription, which meant he would really have to tighten his belt next month. Luckily for Bob, if he didn't have enough money for food he could get government assistance, because some government bureaucrat had gotten between Bob and the free market and decided Americans should never have to go hungry.

Bob arrived at home, switched on his favorite "no-spin" news network, and said to his wife, "Honey, I'm so glad we live in America, where we can stop the government from making our decisions for us. I don't need some government bureaucrat interfering in my life and deciding what's best for me."
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 05:30 PM
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1. Excellent! - n/t
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 05:32 PM
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2. Recommend
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 05:33 PM
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3. K&R n/t
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 05:37 PM
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4. hey, that's really good. i imagine this as a commercial with whistling.
kind of like that commercial for 'male enhancement' drug with a guy named bob. only this would show him walking through the story above with a narrator describing the whole thing. that would be great!!!! and it is oh so true.
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 05:46 PM
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5. If you like this, please re-post it, e-mail it, or whatever.
Anyone has my permission to use this. I don't even care if you attribute it to me (although it would be nice). Just get it out there in the public eye if you like it. We need to keep hammering on this message that "government interference" isn't always something to fear.
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 11:46 PM
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9. Why don't you send it to some newspapers in your area?
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 11:48 PM
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10. Not a bad idea. Might look into that.
I think it can reach further online, though. Hoping so, anyway.
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 12:17 AM
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11. Do both
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jhain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 07:46 AM
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20. I do want to credit you- how?
just your user name from DU? Or something more?
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:17 PM
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41. "Naturyl" is fine.
Thanks. :)
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Lifelong Protester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 01:16 PM
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36. Thanks for the permission and will share on facebook.
Excellent writing, BTW
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DollyM Donating Member (837 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 11:01 PM
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48. Facebook is my thought also . . .
It seems that the majority of people I went to college with are right wing conservative and they show up on facebook and spout half truths and outright lies. I am so tired of hearing about how they don't want the goverment making their health care decisions for them so I reminded them that the health insurance industry is already making their health care decisions for them, they just don't want to admit it. That did seem to shut up a few people.
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 06:42 PM
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6. K&R
:kick:
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ms liberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 08:56 PM
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7. Very nice! This needs to be spread around. Happy to KR&B n/t
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Amos Moses Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 11:43 PM
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8. Brilliant post, Naturyl.
:applause: K&R
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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 12:46 AM
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12. Great post! K&R
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 01:56 AM
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13. great post. K&R.
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Cresent City Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 02:21 AM
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14. Masterpiece
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 03:51 AM
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15. because some government official (Al Gore) had the foresight to get
a bunch of clever scientists together and under the guidance of a governmet bureacrat a unified system of linking all of these computers together was agreed upon allowing me to learn about Bob seconds after you wrote it and allowing me to send you a rec in return.
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 04:34 AM
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16. Good thing we didn't wait for the free market to develop the internet
Edited on Sat Jul-25-09 04:37 AM by Naturyl
Such a silly sci-fi idea would have been laughed out of every corporate boardroom. The PC hadn't even been invented yet when the internet was first developed.

I love how conservatives claim government never does anything useful while using the government-created internet to post their rants. They should stick to snail-mailing letters to the editor. Oh wait, scratch that. They would have to use the eeeevil government post office. I guess they will have to hand-deliver the letters.

EDIT: No using the eeeevil government roads, though. They will have to hack their way there through the woods with a machete.
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:11 AM
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17. I'd send this to Republicans
but irony is above their pay grade.
Very well done.
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DeeDeeNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 07:13 AM
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18. Excellent! It reminds me of Joe, but more timely because of the health care mess
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:17 PM
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40. Yeah, that was an inspiration for it.
That piece stuck with me from years back.
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jhain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 07:44 AM
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19. Fantastic- it is
going on my Facebook- where I know many people will also share it!
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electricD Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 08:10 AM
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21. nail?
meet head.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 08:31 AM
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22. Excellent!
Damn gubmint!

K&R
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NinetySix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 09:33 AM
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23. Gotta kick this one.
Recommended too.
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 09:51 AM
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24. I love it. For once somebody came up with a great e-mail forward
that will cause blood pressure of repubs on receiving end to shoot up!
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orbitalman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 09:59 AM
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25. A Great Play on the Republican Mentality's...
attitude and PURE unchangeable ignorance.
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 10:12 AM
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26. K&R
And salute to all those unsung and much-maligned government "bureaucrats" who are consumers too. :thumbsup:
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 10:14 AM
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27. For some reason
I wanted to whistle the Enzyte tune while reading this!
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scentopine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 10:33 AM
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28. Great use of populist images - Single Payer Now!
Bob Kirk has been spamming with anti-socialist health care emails. You go to his site and its all images of nasty people (democrats of course). He is using the well learned tactic that people don't like to think, there is good and evil, he is good and we are evil.

Democrats need start making similar commercial use (it requires great skill) of the republicans as evil marketing technique. We might even allow to use the word "liberal" in again in public without getting strip searched as terrorists by "well meaning" guardians of conservative values on the right (in both dem and rep parties).

All I know as this is health care is still in a losing situation - republicans still have control of 3 branches of govt. and we are still playing patty-cake with republican villains and calling them our friends and partners. When republicans regain control, I promise they will not be so charitable and friendly.

Its become personal conquest for power - Conservative Obamanauts vs. Conservative Republicans. I shudder to think what will be handed to us when victory is declared.

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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 10:41 AM
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29. Nice!! Rec'd & emailed. Thanks!!
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 10:52 AM
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30. Triple digits - Rec #100
Great post :kick:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 10:59 AM
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31. #101
Outstanding!!
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 11:21 AM
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32. Very well done!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 11:27 AM
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33. Whoa, awesome!
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 01:15 PM
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34. Double
Edited on Sat Jul-25-09 01:17 PM by Uncle Joe
:kick: :kick:
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 01:16 PM
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35. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, Naturyl. :thumbsup:
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 01:39 PM
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37. Bob would NOT be eligible for government food assistance!
If he has a job and makes over the poverty level, he is not eligible for food stamps. Even if he was eligible for food stamps, they're not going to approve him that day, so Bob will have to find which soup kitchen is feeding people that day and every day (soup kitchens often move around from church to church--just to keep the impoverished on their toes!) until he does get approved and/or the food stamps actually trickled down through the bureaucratic system to his hand.
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:22 PM
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42. Yeah, true enough.
I just simplified it for its value in annoying Republicans, who hate food stamps. :)
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 09:00 PM
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46. Well, I'm all over anything that annoys Republicans!
:)
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debbierlus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:54 PM
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44. No, Bob would be going hungry and the prescription drug price would be what he bitches about

To his wife....

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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 01:48 PM
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38. Wonderful!
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:15 PM
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39. I wonder if Bob has gotten the denial of care bill yet.
Edited on Sat Jul-25-09 05:15 PM by Vinca
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:23 PM
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43. That's next week, after the HMO discovers...
That Bob had a cold once back in 1973. Pre-existing condition!
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ceveritt Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 06:11 PM
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45. Bob
Bloody brilliant, I must say, and inspired as well. You did a superb job with that. For what it is worth, my congratulations and gratitude.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 08:22 PM
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47. Lucky guy Bob...he didn't have to go the the fair grounds to get treated.
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 11:08 PM
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49. Wow! That is excellent!
Well done, VERY well done.
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