Friday, January 25, 2008

A quick edit, from comedy to tragedy

Apparently, the Health Savings Plan rep told a horror story yesterday at Laura's meeting. He was extolling all of the benefits of people being responsible for their own care and their own money, and he told what he thought was a perky, happy story about the positive benefits of HSPs. He said a client of his was in a car accident in northern Indiana, and the paramedics decided that he was banged up pretty bad and needed to flown to Methodist Hospital in Indy via the Lifeline helicopter. He stopped them and said, "how much will this cost? A helicopter sounds expensive. You need to find a cheaper way to get me there!" See here! We have a person Taking Charge Of His Own Health Care! What a tale of virtue and personal power!

I'm going to retell that quick story, changing three little words, and turn it into something hideous and appalling. Here goes, changes in bold italics:
... a client of his was in a car accident in northern Indiana, and the paramedics decided that his wife was banged up pretty bad and needed to flown to Methodist Hospital in Indy via the Lifeline helicopter. He stopped them and said, "how much will this cost? A helicopter sounds expensive. You need to find a cheaper way to get her there!"
Amazing, how that little edit managed to strip all of the virtue right out of the story....

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