Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lowden Proud

What a shock to see that former television news anchor Sue Lowden lost the Republican primary election in Nevada. Once a heavy favorite to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Ms Lowden instead had the chair pulled out from under her when she made some foolish statements along the campaign trail about how people used to barter chickens for medical treatments and how when she gave Sen. Reid $1000 in a campaign contribution some years ago, it wasn't because she supported him or anything!

So she lost the primary, and won't be moving to DC (unless it's to crash parties), but here, for posterity, is the quote that will live in infamy:

“You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor, they would say I’ll paint your house. I mean, that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system.”

My co-pay, just to see my doctor, is $15. It's $20 for a specialist.

So, let's say I have a bona fide case of Louisiana Lightning, and they send me to a specialist, such as Dr Willie Stasick, Dr Pepper, or the noted Russian urologist, Dr Cutchanoodleoff. For $19.99, the doctor and his entire staff can have lunch
on me! Popeye's has a great coupon online: Buy one 11-piece mess o'chicken, and get 11 more tickets to heaven FREE!

The other day, during my annual physical, as the doctor's staff gazed in rapt amusement, seeing the EKG needles flying around like a Southern California seismology printout, we took time out from shuffling through the reams of reports sent in by neurologists, spine surgeons and nerve-block specialists to have a go at the paint
chip samples. I figure, if I have to paint his house to pay for my visit, I'd better get going soon!

Crazy thing: that's my doctor's name: Dr Chip Samples. What a nutty and colorful world. Thanks vermillion for being in it with me. I'll be cyan you later.

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