Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Headline from the Future | Health Coverage

Official Denied Emergency Treatment

(Arlington, VA) U.S. Senator Tom Brown died yesterday in the parking lot of a Washington area hospital after being denied entrance because he lacked proof of insurance. 

The senator was taking a run, an aide said, when he complained of chest pains. “We took him straight to the hospital, but he didn’t have his wallet and they wouldn’t let us in.” 

Speaking off the record, a hospital employee who is not authorized to speak to reporters told the Post, “They said, ‘He’s a United States Senator!’ I said, ‘I don’t care if he’s effing Ron Paul: No insurance equals no treatment.’ If I make an exception for some clown who says he’s a senator, where does it stop? Treat first, ask questions later? What kind of business model is that?”

A spokesperson from the senator’s office said, “Senator Brown had the same insurance every member of Congress carries. What he lacked was the ability to prove that in a life-threatening situation.”

“You can’t prove that by me,” the unidentified hospital employee said. “As far as I’m concerned, he made his choice when he declined health coverage…that’s what freedom is about: You make your choice and live with the consequences.”

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