Oh, and while we're right here in the craptastic meaty goodness of things, can someone pretty please explain to me how a health care reform bill that gives ZERO regard to this nation's hardworking physicians and nurses can possibly be a good thing? At some point with pay cuts, debt, increased patient loads - on an already ridiculously draining schedule, law suits, suffocating amounts of paperwork for reimbursement, the rising cost of malpractice insurance, etc. etc., it's just not worth it anymore. Even for doctors who absolutely love medicine, who are selflessly dedicated to their patients, it's just too much to ask. Everyone in favor of this bill keeps mentioning the sick and the poor. What about the people who work to the brink of exhaustion to care for those sick and poor? Does it really make sense to alienate and abuse our medical professionals, only to turn around and say, "Take care of me!!" Isn't that kind of like biting the hand that feeds you? Seriously, I dare you to find another profession ON THE PLANET that would be willing to go through college, medical school, interning, residency, specialty training, fellowship training, CME training the length of their career, only to be told it doesn't qualify you to make money. In fact, what it qualifies you to do is work more, and more, and more to earn less, and less, and less. YES! Hot-diggity, sign me up for that! The thought is ludicrous. At some point, for Pete's sake, enough is enough.
Wouldn't that be the ultimate irony? We reach the point where we have medical care for all, only to find we don't have any good physicians left to care for any of us. That's actually kind of funny. Horrifying, but funny.
Dad, for all you give to the little rural community you love so dearly, despite the hassles and hardships, I admire you so much. Thank you for all you've taught me through your example.