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The health care reform in a nutshell

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September 18, 2009 – Comments (4)

...little Johnny comes back from school hungry and crying because the school bully just confiscated his $5 of cafeteria money. The next day the father gives Johnny a $10 bill with the instruction: "if you meet that bully again, give him the bill and ask for $5 change". Sure enough, Johnny comes back from school crying and hungry and empty-pocketed. So the next day the father gives him a $20 bill with the instruction: "since that bully is now charging you $10, you will handle him a $20 bill, get $10 in change, spend $5 in the cafeteria and bring $5 back home." Predictably, little Johnny comes back home crying and hungry and brings the news that the bully's premium is now $20. The father, who is also the chairman of Capone Middle School parent committee, summons an emergency meeting, declares that "we must provide cafeteria services for all students", and demands that all parents must chip in $25 a day to help pay for the increased cost of services. Then he adds that in order to succeed, his proposal must be made mandatory. After the meeting, the bully's father comes up to little Johnny's father and gives him $1000 for the chairman's election next year.

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 18, 2009 at 10:12 AM, GoodVibe4Ever (< 20) wrote:

I actualy love it. Original! I hope you are making sure you are not little Johnny, little johnny's father, the bully, the bully's father or most of all not one of the parents of this school. Rec 2 is mine.

GoodVibe

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#2) On September 18, 2009 at 10:23 AM, prose976 (< 20) wrote:

Wonderfully creative and relevant.  Anyone can see the parable you've written here rings true.

Fool on!

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#3) On September 18, 2009 at 11:08 AM, eldemonio (98.74) wrote:

Why doesn't Johnny just pack his lunch?  This analogy makes no sense.

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#4) On September 18, 2009 at 3:31 PM, starbucks4ever (98.98) wrote:

eldemonio,

the whole point of the proposal is to make sure that he must purchase his lunch from the bully standing between him and the cafeteria instead of paying the doctor out-of-pocket ("wrapping his lunch"). The bottom line is, the bully must be made irreplacable, so every student packing his lunch must still be ordered to pass through that cafeteria door.

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