Monday, August 24, 2009

Open Up and Say "Aaahhh"

While Congress battles over fixing the healthcare crisis (something I have every confidence can actually be fixed by a simple common-sense meeting of the 535 minds who create our laws - with absolutely no ties to corporate powers that might impede progress, or with agendas other than those that would create the best America possible - and then flawlessly executed, so well, in fact, that we citizens will find ourselves all but laughing, “Now why didn’t we just do it this earlier?”) I would like to offer my own solutions.

And I will do it in less than 1000 pages. Less than 1000 words, in fact.

So, Congress? Take note…

Some will tell you the problem is the greedy doctors who really don’t need much compensation for the 7-14 years of training they received after college just to be able to do stuff like diagnose and cure diseases, or perform your run-of-the-mill open-heart surgery.

Others might say it’s the greedy insurance companies who absolutely deserve every one of the billions of dollars in profit they make to (hopefully) pay for said surgery, assuming we weren’t pre-disposed for it and have met our deductible and have been paying the premium all along and the data entry clerk in charge of the case concurs with the surgeon that, yes, you did have blockage in your aorta and would have died without intervention and you (fortunately) chose a surgeon who was on the list of People Your Insurance Company Will Pay To Cut You Open And Fix You.

But, truthfully, it is we, the greedy citizens, hell-bent on having our cake, supersizing it, taking fries with that, and, of course, eating it too. In the drive-thru. On our way to WalMart. To pick up the new Madden game. And our cholesterol meds.

Now, before we go feeling bad about ourselves, just remember that it is not our fault.

I mean, who can resist a (box of) Twinkie(s)? And a big, sexy Chipotle burrito? And playing football via remote control instead of outside?

We’ve been played. Like an Xbox on a bright and sunny day. We may have spent over $100 billion on diet and fitness last year, but, much like getting healthcare advice from Rush Limbaugh or Michael Moore, $100 billion per year clearly is not going to cut it.

Madonna, on the other hand, just turned 51 and is in perfect shape, which is why I will appoint her to chair the Committee on How To Look Freaking Awesome As We Age. Tina Turner will be her deputy. Her first client will be Rosie O’Donnell.

But calorie restriction and Kabala alone won’t cure America. We need exercise too. So I have decided that the part of the Stimulus Plan that puts Americans back to work will fund our Captain of the Drill Team, Billy Blanks, who will provide Americans with much-needed cardio.

Old Richard Simmons videos may still be turned in for a sleek, new P90X DVD as part of the “Cash for Clunkers” program extension.

(Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. I’m putting Dr. McDreamy in charge of that, fyi.)

With Americans leaner and meaner as a result of my plan, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, acid reflux, sleep apnea, arthritic knees, hardened arteries, and depression (which, apparently, can be caused by single-handedly downing a bag of Lay’s and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching “Project Runway” and “Bachelor” re-runs, a night I hope to never repeat) will no longer assault our well-being.

And, with all American women now rocking their hot bods and American men in prime shape too, erectile dysfunction drugs, which currently account for more than 60% of all prescription dollars (I’m totally making that up), will all but disappear.

But the new prescription plan will include guacamole, dark chocolate, and red wine.

This pretty much just leaves us with cancer and herpes, which I’m going to put Sarah Palin in charge of curing in her new-found free time.

A lofty agenda with some pretty high-profile names, I know. How will we fund it, you ask??

A “Sin Tax” that will encompass tobacco, Pop Tarts, pork rinds, those big cinnamon rolls you get at the mall, Yoo-hoo, mayonnaise, Crisco, Peeps, corn dogs, funnel cakes, drive-thru windows, Miley Cyrus, the cast of “The OC,” and running shoes (running causes pain and suffering we cannot afford to fix).

But not bacon. Bacon is exempt. So are nachos.

And Tiger Woods, Bill Gates, and Oprah will bankroll anything not covered by my plan.

Alternatively, we let Glenn Beck and Bill Maher continue to cage fight on cable TV while the people we actually elected try to find a solution.

But I like my plan better.


Adriana said...

Too funny!

la_vie_en_shoes said...

Mmmmmm...big, sexy Chipotle burrito...

Love it, Jules! This is the first plan I've seen that actually makes sense.

And I'd be willing to pay higher premiums if McDreamy could be my gyno. Just sayin.

f8hasit said...

Amen, sista!

Perhaps not only can we exchange Richard Simmons tapes for Billy Banks, but old couches for treadmills?
Love your plan.
Count me in.


Leah Rubin said...

Girl, your plan totally rocks! I believe that margaritas have medicinal qualities that have only been eclipsed by chocolate-hazelnut ganache, but I am not a professional, so that's only based on anecdotal experience...

Sarah Palin in charge of curing herpes? Isn't her 'abstinence-only' plan going to make her ineligible for that role?

You crack me up!

Chrissy said...

Love the Richard Simmons turn in program. Does that includes Susan Powter, too?

Anonymous said...

I love it, I'm promoting you to Director of Health Reform!

What about the Pharmaceutical companies? They're very quiet at the moment? Do most people agree that perhaps they've got away with too much for too long?

You may want to consider appointing a watchdog to keep them under control Jules!

Why can't all Doctors look like McDreamy? I would be much more vigilant about my health if that were the case!

la aventurista said...

I totally agree with this plan...not only is it the perfect solution, but it's also hysterical! I'm definitely moving to your state to vote you into Congress! ;)

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

You tell 'em girl!

This may be the most educated health plan I've heard. Count me in!

Pablo said...

btw...ED pills are generally NOT covered by insurance, and those little buggers are expensive. Reminds me of a Seinfeld episode, ie "Sponge worthy", you don't just use them on a whim.

Slyde said...

100 percent agree with everything you just said.

especially about the bacon.

carol said...

LOVE this!!! Oh soo sad and oh sooo true... I am afraid!

KK said...

Forward this on to Sebelius! Jules rules!

JenJen said...

You never disappoint me, Jules! I love the 'sintax' list.

Jules said...

I'm so glad you all enjoyed it, I do hope to have it ready for the House of Representatives soon.
(Pablo? Believe it or not, Cialis is often covered under many circumstances by insurance. The birth control pill? Not always.)

Cathy C. Hall said...

I was with you till you threw corn dogs into the sin tax. You're gonna have to rethink that if you want the South. (I mean, you've already taken our tater salad.)