Christmas and Health Care

This was posted this morning by Mark R., NY as a comment on the New York Times Prescriptions blog.  Thank you to you, Mark.

‘Twas the day before Christmas
And they passed a bill
Despite the considerable
Republican chill.

The Senate was finished
At last for this year
But the right wing continues
Their campaign of fear

So when the time comes
To sit down with the House
I wonder if Boehner
Will still be a louse

The minds of the people
They claim to have known
And they continue to harvest
The seeds they have sown

If at the end of this all
We can get our reform
It will probably be
When again it is warm

Let’s get that public option
Back on the table
With the donkeys together
And graze in their stable

Let’s hope that they can get
This health care bill right
So that everyone’s covered
And can sleep at night

And may the Republicans
Who can only say NO!
In two-thousand-ten
Be voted to go

So we can finally craft it
To be single payer
Like every other industrialized
National player

So despite this bill being
Quite a bit watered-down
There’s still hope for the future
Despite the tea-bagging clowns.

So we say to our Reps
On this Christmas Eve
Just make it affordable
And don’t you deceive

May two thousand and ten
Bring you all lots of cheer
A lot more of together
And a lot less of fear.

Happy Christmas!

2 thoughts on “Christmas and Health Care

  1. These so-called “Christian” politicians (and one “observant” Jew) have done everything humanly possible to see to it that the lives of the American people will be held hostage by the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies forever – or until a revolution comes along. Not much is going to change in the meantime – and it will be a very mean time, I assure you. We will continue to die two years younger than they do in Europe. We will continue to have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the industrialized world. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas.

    We celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace while waging two senseless wars at such a safe distance from our shores, most of us don’t even bother to pay attention to them. We will continue to throw away our national treasure on the military industrial complex while the well being of our children is gambled away in the plutocracy’s crap game. We are a nation addicted to weapons of war. Let’s face it, that’s never going to change. If tomorrow our armaments industry ceased to be, the entire American economy would implode before sundown. So much hypocrisy. So little space. Santa Claus is coming to town.

    “Blessed are the peacemakers.
    for they shall be called sons of God.”

    Jesus of Nazareth

    Oh, and did I mention that I hate Santa Claus? I really do, you know. I say this without any fear of coal in my stocking. You see, I haven’t received a thing from the hideous old freak since 1966. That was the year I spiked his hot cocoa with a generous portion of Old Granddad. Santa, although a rather large person, doesn’t hold his alcohol too well. I found this out the hard way. After leaving our presents under the tree, he took off from the roof or our home and crashed into the Finkle house across the street. Two reindeer were killed. Horrible carnage.

    To boil it down to the unpleasant essentials, although I love the story of the nativity and the true meaning of Christmas, I’m beginning to despise the Christmas holiday – but that’s just me. This year I am afflicted with Grinch Syndrome. Or might you call it, “Scrooge Disorder”? The problem is that I am – and always have been – at heart, an angry person. I try to cover up that rage with a facade of silliness, but that’s basically who I am. As Frank Sinatra once sang in the very last recording he made for Columbia Records in 1952, “Don’t try to change me now.”

    Tom Degan

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