Archive for February 25th, 2010
February 25th, 2010 Posted 12:28 am
Continuing coverage from the Health Care Summit between the President and a group of very smart 5th graders. The next respondent for the class was Rudy Dinglewonk, who took on question two:
Q2. How can we get insurance for the 30 million people who do not have health insurance?
Rudy: Well, sir, why exactly don’t these people have insurance? All the families I know on my block have insurance. Jimmy Shmellboink had to go to the doctor last week when he sprained his ankle playing Curling on the ice. His mom told my mom that they had insurance. If all those millions of people want insurance, why don’t they just go get it?
President: Well, Rudy, some people are poor and can’t afford to buy insurance.
Rudy: Why can’t we help the poor people and give them insurance?
President: We do that already with a program called Medicaid. It’s a government-run program that helps poor people get health care.
Rudy: So then if you have Medicaid, why don’t those people just use that?
President: Well, some people make too much money to be on Medicaid.
Rudy: If they make too much money, then why don’t they just go buy insurance?
President: They say they can’t afford it, with all the other expenses and bills that they have to pay for.
Rudy: Like what kind of expenses and bills? Is it food, or is it other stuff?
President: No, they can afford food and other basic necessities. But with other expenses like cable TV bills, cigarettes, Wii machines, soccer uniforms, Nike Air Jordan shoes, dinners out at Chuck E. Cheese, birthday parties and such…puts a lot of strain on their budgets. They say that they don’t have any extra money for health insurance.
Rudy: Couldn’t you just give them some kind of Discount Coupon to help them, so they could go get insurance?
President: Well, it’s complicated. We could expand Medicaid, but unfortunately that’s a pretty inefficient, cumbersome, disorganized, bureaucratic nightmare program already. Expanding it might make it even more screwed up.
Rudy: Why don’t you just cancel it if it’s not that good…and go with something that is good? I know. I used to buy SuperSlump comics last year, but they started getting real boring, and now I buy AstroClod. It’s a lot better, and pretty funny, too.
President: Hey maybe we need an AstroClod makeover in our Medicaid program, Rudy.
Rudy: I’d say go with something that works. Don’t try to fix something that’s totally broken. My little brother tried to fix his bike after it got run over by a pickup truck. Man, that was a waste of effort. He kept falling down and busting his head. Dad finally bought him a new bike for Christmas and we threw that old piece of junk in the garbage can.
President: Maybe your “Discount Coupon” idea could work. I suppose we could just apply it to our existing Health insurance companies, and throw Medicaid in the garbage with your brother’s bike. The insurance companies are not perfect, but you know, overall they work pretty well.
Rudy: Yeah. My bike’s not perfect, but I like it. I wouldn’t want to throw it away.
President: Let’s move on to question three…
(to be continued)
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