Sunday, November 29,
2009. Special to the Dresden Mills Gazette. By Wesli Court, Blues Reporter.
DMG. At the moment I am
standing in front of the candy counter of the Dresden Texaco and Take-Out in
Dresden, Maine, having a conversation with Republican Senator Gloria Monday.
Good morning, Senator Monday.
GM. Good morning.
Democrat-controlled Senate recently voted to send to the floor of the United
States Senate for debate a health care bill that was crafted by the Democrats.
As a Republican senator from Bluestate, how do you feel about that?
GM. As you know, I voted
with all the other members of my Republican Party against sending that bill to
DMG. Why was that?
GM. Although I feel that
the health care system desperately needs to be reformed, I was against the
bill’s containing a Public Option provision.
DMG. What is wrong with
the Public Option?
GM. It will lead
inevitably to Socialism in our Republic.
DMG. How so?
GM. It will create a system
in which the government will weigh in with a heavy hand on our citizens’ rights
to choose their own health care, and it will tell our doctors and medical
practitioners how much they can charge for their services.
DMG. Aren’t you ignoring
the word “option” in the bill? Citizens will keep their right to have the
health insurance program of their own choosing, if they already have one.
GM. I don’t feel it is
ever a good idea to have the Government involved in health care. People will
eventually drop their private insurance coverage in favor of the Public Option.
DMG. Doesn’t that imply
the private companies would be providing worse care, like deciding if a person
covered by their policies has a “pre-existing medical condition” that they
don’t want to pay for, or like choosing to drop a person’s coverage
GM. Oh, I don’t think
so. Government health plans are likely to be much worse than private ones, tied
up in red tape, run by committees that decide who should live or die.
DMG. Excuse me, Senator,
but Senior Citizens are all covered by a “Public Option,” Medicare. Doesn’t
Medicare do a decent job?
GM. Medicare is beset by
problems, like fraud and waste.
DMG. “Fraud” is a crime.
That’s really not a part of the plan, is it? That requires investigation by law
enforcement agencies. Are you suggesting that the Government is being remiss in
not enforcing laws against medical fraud?
GM. That may very well
be the case.
DMG. Perhaps the
Congress should appropriate more money for law enforcement?
GM. That is a different
subject than the one we were discussing.
DMG. That’s true. To get
back to the idea of the “Public Option,” aren’t all members of the Armed Forces
— the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard — all covered by a Government
health care system? Not to mention veterans of all the services, who are
covered by the U. S. Veterans Administraton.
GM. Yes, they are, but
there’s a very good reason for that system.
DMG. Although it’s run
by the Government, the USVA hospitals are both efficient and effective, aren’t
GM. In general, yes, but
again, they had better be. Our service men and women deserve the best care
available. But that’s not the kind of “Public Option” I was talking about.
DMG. Well, how about the
“Public Option” that the U. S. Congress is covered by? Do you find that you
personally receive decent health care?
GM. Er, ah…, uh, well,
yes, of course.
DMG. And how about the
health care option that covers ALL government workers? All Civil Service
employees, employees of the Postal Service, and the various “public options”
that cover State, County, and Local government employees?
GM. I am against
specialty options for American citizens.
DMG. You mean like
Medicaid that helps the very poor?
GM. No, no….
DMG. Isn’t it true,
Senator Monday, that the “Public Option” included in the current Senate bill
would apply only to those people who are covered by no health care plan at all?
In other words, a relatively small segment of the population who are falling
through the cracks of the current “system” of health care?
GM. Um. Well. Perhaps….
DMG. And isn’t it true
that the bill also contains provisions for those states — primarily Republican
Red States, one would assume — that would have another kind of option: the option
to “opt out” of the coverage outlined in the bill if they wished?
GM. Well, yes, but….
DMG. Thank you, Senator
Gloria Monday, Republican of Bluestate. You have been most helpful. I’m sure
the readers of the Dresden Mills Gazette will find your remarks enlightening.
You certainly nailed
that interview! How can that dodo ever show her face in public again?
But wasn't Senator
Monday implicated in the recent, notorious Seven-Day Escort Ring scandal
involving the Washington call-girl known as Ruby Tuesday? Their boss was the
sinister and secretive Mr. Friday, who ran the operation from a fortified
island in the South Pacific.
You're making me
Thursday. Good thing I have a cup of coffee in my hand.
Love It, Lew.
Hope you had a good
Thanksgiving & post-tryptophan days.
Thanks for sending the
hilariously pathetic interview.The responses, I mean, not the interview questions, which are terrific.
Didn’t you just
interview this woman? (click on link:)
It's about time Someone gave Anyone the straight dope on the option. It's
possible no one can persuade a Monday, though — the week's most recalcitrant day--
It infuriates me that so many people are so purblind. EVERYBODY knows about the Public Options we already have. They're just determined to be stupid, apparently. I could hardly believe it when I saw all those old people who are clearly on Medicare waving signs AGAINST the "public option." And how politicians can actually get up in front of a camera and act like THEY are not on the Public Option themselves boggles the imagination. They must have gonads of brass if male and ???? if female. It requires tremendous amounts of cynicism on everyone's part.
Yes.The pretense at not grasping a truth which is straightforward and plain — it's shoddy indeed.But that has been the nature of the Reps the past three decades or so, and by now it's an accepted technique — pretend something else is true if you do not like the truth before you.You've got it — it's determined stupidity.
Am I wrong, or has it become more pronounced of late?
Maybe I'm just old and crotchety ...
No, you're correct, but probably we're both as old and crotchety as those morons waving those stupid placards.
Thanks, Lew. Enjoyed reading the Wesli Court interview!
On May 27th, 1992, my wife Jean and I
were touring England with two friends, Tom and Mary Loe [who was photographing
our trip with a camcorder]. Jean was keeping a journal, and she wrote, “Very
close to Bath is Bristol, so we drove there after dinner at a small place in
Bath with some strange 1950s [American] motifs for decoration.Lew wanted to see the church St. Mary
Redcliffe at which the father of the poet Thomas Chatterton had been
sexton.The church was easy to
find, and as big as a cathedral.We weren't able to see the inside [because there was choir practice
going on, and when we opened the door the director turned toward us and told us
loudly to get out], but the outside was beautiful.”[And I shed a tear or two for young Thomas who wrote this]:
The Virginia Quarterly Review "The Mutable Past," a memoir collected in FANTASEERS, A BOOK OF MEMORIES by Lewis Turco of growing up in the 1950s in Meriden, Connecticut, (Scotsdale AZ: Star Cloud Press, 2005).
The Tower Journal Two short stories, "The Demon in the Tree" and "The Substitute Wife," in the spring 2009 issue of Tower Journal.
The Tower Journal Memoir, “Pookah, The Greatest Cat in the History of the World,” Spring-Summer 2010.
The Michigan Quarterly Review This is the first terzanelle ever published, in "The Michigan Quarterly Review" in 1965. It has been gathered in THE COLLECTED LYRICS OF LEWIS TURCO/WESLI COURT, 1953-2004 (www.StarCloudPress.com).
The Gawain Poet An essay on the putative medieval author of "Gawain and the Green Knight" in the summer 2010 issue of Per Contra.