Talking Health Care

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“23 million people. That’s like three Chicago’s! All of them loosing health care.

“Oh no,” said the guy in the grey raincoat, blending into the Friday morning windy drizzle rush hour throng walking east on Randolph in downtown Chicago. “That 23 million. That’s just the libs counting. And you know how they count. George Soros probably made up that number. It can’t be that bad.”

“I don’t know. Sounds pretty bad. They took away pretty much everything. If you get sick. You’re screwed.”

“Oh don’t worry. It can’t be that bad. It’ll cost less. And you still have pre-existing condition coverage,” said the grey raincoat guy.

“Actually that’s a lie. They lie a lot now. Oh, and they cut Medicaid too.”

“Hmm. That’s not what they said on Fox. But either way, everything will be fine.”

“How do you know? There is nothing anywhere that says how much this will cost.”

“You know,” said grey raincoat, “I gotta tell you what I really think. And I wouldn’t say this to anybody cause you know, it’s not politically correct, but I think that if these people want the insurance, they should have to pay for it.”

Walking behind these two, I heard grey raincoat say “These people should have to pay for it” and I thought about how easy it would be to sucker punch grey raincoat in the kidneys. Sucker punch him hard. So it hurt. How good it would feel to watch him fold down to the sidewalk and stop talking. Because if he didn’t know that we were all ‘these people,’ if he didn’t see this wasn’t about politics—this was about stepping on the throats of the vulnerable and playing with their very lives, this was about pure power. And it he didn’t know that then how would I explain it?

But then I remembered another Dialogue. My favorite song. Starts out, with one guy, guy named Terry Kath, singing,

“Are you optimistic bout the way that things are going?

And then another voice answers,

“No, I never, never think of it at all.”

And the song gave me strength for the fight to come.




17 Responses to “Talking Health Care”

  1. boomerbob Says:

    It’s an interesting, but infuriating phenomenon that citizens of a nation, who should be concerned about ALL citizens of the same, can’t seem to get past their own selfish desires and needs.

    HOWEVER! Those same selfish people are often the first to scream “where is everyone when I need help?”

    Sometimes, I think a lot of our citizens need a good kidney punch.

  2. Tom Cordle Says:

    One indication of just how bad our Great Divide has gotten is that a kind, caring, peaceful person like you wants to sucker-pinch Grey Raincoat in the kidneys. Me? I’d rather kick the richly-deserving bastard hard as I can in the nuts, and then piss on him as he writhes in pain.

    Wish I could offer some hope that this Great Divide is going to get better any time soon; but alas, I fear it’s only going to get worse.

    • chicagoguy14 Says:

      I think the insurance scam hit me harder then anything so far. I know pre-existing conditions well. And this scam about the “risk pools” really makes you wonder how stupid they think people are. Less then 17% of the population is saying “Hey this is great.” Watch for the usual diversions to be tossed out there (Hillary, Obama etc) because there is no substance to simply taking from the poor to give to the rich. And no–it won’t get any better any sooner. Especially if it turns out that 45 really is a Russian stooge.

  3. paulhaider1974 Says:

    I added this great song to my iPod several years ago after you included it in a previous post. This is one of those moments when you could feel so proud that the band Chicago was named after our city. It was due to Peter Etcetera in the 1980’s when we wished that the band was renamed as Cleveland instead.

  4. chicagoguy14 Says:

    “Akron” might be good too!

  5. Naomi de Plume Says:

    To things: 1) The fact that this does not affect me due to the godsend that is employer benefits and yet I am so angry about it sits, there is a permanent knot in my throat tells me all I need about this heartless act

    2) The is no situation that listening to Chicago won’t help, even if only temporarily.

    Great post, ChiGuy.

    • chicagoguy14 Says:

      Thanks Naomi–I have it from my employer too. For now. I think the hopeful thing is that almost no one supports this. We can fix this!

  6. Tom Cordle Says:

    You mention the 17% in your reply, that begs the question who the hell are these people? Obviously, among that group are the CEO’s and a handful of other execs at Big Insurance and Big Pharma, and judging by their votes, 217 Republicans in the House. But are there ANY ordinary citizens who are really that stupid? That’s a rhetorical question.

  7. chicagoguy14 Says:

    I’ve always found that when it’s a show down between stupid and evil–stupid wins. Course I haven’t spent a lot of time with the Trumps.

  8. Goin’ to A-Go-Go | Says:

    […] resides in Chicago, so I suppose it was only natural that in a recent post, he linked a YouTube video of a song called “Dialogue” by the group Chicago. I confess, I had […]

    • chicagoguy14 Says:

      Tom –this made my day! Very cool story. Thanks for making the music here.

      • Tom Cordle Says:

        Thanks for your post and the link that reminded me of when I was young and even more foolish. As I tell my son, you get older and wiser, ’cause if you don’t get wiser, you don’t get older.

      • chicagoguy14 Says:

        Amen to that!

      • chicagoguy14 Says:

        Oh–I posted your post on FB—because on OS we all used to share stuff like that and your story was too good to keep to myself! That–and the fact that I know what its like when she goes home with the bartender! (or the drummer or the booking agent. . .)

  9. Tom Cordle Says:

    Thanks, for the FB nod, and I suspect that post was safe enough. But generally speaking, if you post any of my diatribes on Fakebook, you should be prepared for incoming 🙂

  10. chicagoguy14 Says:

    I’m ready and willing!

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