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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Pot - Meet Kettle


So I saw a cartoon yesterday that just cracked me the fuck up:

Yes, the fat bastard is at it again with one of his bogus 'documentaries', this time as I understand, on the 'ills' (BWAH! pun!) of the American health care system.
Yes, he is the poster child for healthy living fer sher.

Well, you really wanna fix the health care system? Get rid of lawyers.

I know, I've said it before. And I don't mean all lawyers. Not all lawyers are greedy bastards like ambulance chasers are. Sometimes the services of a good lawyer are required. Sometimes just like a good mechanic, you need someone who knows their shit. But ambulance chasers? That's a whole 'nuther critter. Like flies on shit they are. All over the place. It seems like most of the commercials on teevee are cars, pills and lawyers.
Everyone is sue happy these days. The system has been abused too long, and it's jumping up and biting everyone on the ass.

Find a worm in your candy bar? Sue the manufacturer. That's okay. If you can afford candy bars in the first place, you can afford to pay more for them.

Drive yourself home drunk and kill someone? Sue the bartender for pouring booze down your throat, and the auto manufacturer for not making foam rubber bumpers so when you ram someone they get crumpled instead of you just bouncing off their car.

Have a quack doctor operate on you and remove your left nut instead of the cataract from your right eye? Well, that doctor needs to be shot, but having a windfall come your way at the insurance company's expense ain't going to bring your left nut back. Getting his license the fuck taken away may help the next person though.

Hmmm. Here's a thought: Let's take a close look at the peer review process. Doctors have to answer to their peers - other doctors. It is a buddy system.

Yes, they have malpractice insurance to cover the law suits, but stop and think about it:
Q- How often do you hear of a doctor losing their license?
A- Not very.

They have to seriously fuck up on a regular basis before they'll be held accountable. And it almost has to be proven that it was intentional before it's considered serious.

Now I know no one is perfect, and I know medicine is not an exact science. But besides the cost of malpractice insurance, the hoops medical people have to jump through because of the threat of law suits is the biggest reason costs are outrageous. All to cover their asses. Waivers to sign, support personnel to assist, precautionary tests to be taken, all that shit adds up - and fast.

Just think about it the next time you hear yourself thinking something like "I'm gonna sue that bastard for everything he's got!" A litigious society is what we've become, and look where it got us.
As an example, let's compare the medical industry to the average, every day shit.
It ended up costing us more for products, and services, while adding all sorts of pads, nets, stickers, hoods, cowlings, guards, safety bars, warning lights and cumbersome attachments just so we are unable to accidentally hurt ourselves. Sure, we may not be able to so easily stick our foot in the lawnmower, but that lawnmower costs twice as much as it should, simply because now Toro has to crash test one out of every 100 or so lawnmowers to make sure the side impact grass collector can take a punch without little Jimmy getting his finger cut off.
So there's the R&D expense, the added safety equipment cost, the lawsuit insurance cost, and who knows what else they're adding on over in China to meet our so-called 'safety' standards, when really, all that is required is to not be stupid when you're mowing the lawn.

Good gawd. I really got off on a tangent there. I guess to sum it all up, let me say this. Again. Until people start to take some responsibility for your their own fucking actions, own their mistakes, it ain't going to get any better. Sometimes it just ain't no one's fault but your own, and blaming everyone else may save face for yourself, but someone is going to pay. And it will probably be your damn self in other ways.



Anonymous said...

It's hard to argue with common fucking sense...

And the Squidinites said, "AMEN!"

curmudgeon said...

Allah be praised. And peace be with you.

linda said...

Very funny cartoon! What a pig!

curmudgeon said...

Pig? That may be a bit too kind.

Freddie said...

Righteous rant Mudge!

Scottsdale Girl said...

Awesome! *stands up and claps*

curmudgeon said...

Ahh, shucks. Thanks!