Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wisdom Tooth part duex

Some of my more avid readers (all 7 of you) will remember that I had to get my wisdom tooth pulled when I first got here.....well the last few weeks another one has been driving me nuts. I think the first dentist missed this one and lately it's been pretty painful. I'll have to get the next one pulled but he asked me if it was ok to take it out. "Sure if it's hurting take it out.", he said that most Taiwanese people are afraid of needles (I assured him I was too, but it wasn't that bad)
He also said that gas for dentists, that wonderful, magical, drug that makes you feel on top of the world (Don't do drugs, kids); isn't allowed to be used in local dental clinics here in Taiwan...only in hospitals. I thanked my good fortune that I broke my jaw in the U.S.; where they hand out Nitris gas like nobody's business; and not here in Taiwan.

Total cost for my dental check-up today......100 NT Dollars, a little less than 3 US bucks. Crazy right?
If only there were some plan.....some big government plan....or some law.... to ....let's say "overhaul" or "reform" healthcare in the US...
....wouldn't that be novel and amazing??
Where the 50 million people without healthcare, who can't afford a trip to the dentist, could pay 3 dollars to go....

...NO, NO...what am I saying?? Brian you idiot...you're just being naive... Glenn Beck is right, such a ridiculous plan would lead to a socialist, dystopian, nightmare; where pencil pushers get in the way of me and MY doctor!
Pencil-Pushers!! in the way of MY Doctor!! ARGHHH I'm so riled up...where's the next town hall meeting in favor of health care reform I can disrupt?? Quick! Before my rage subsides...

B

2 comments:

Daniel said...

i don't want to live in a socialist country.......

Brian said...

I had a long rant all ready to post...but decided against it.

It seems, that the majority of voters want Universal health care, by electing Obama, electing 60 Dems in the Senate, most of whom are in favor of reform, and electing a similarly minded House. Our elected officials are, ideally but not always, following the demands of their constituents...if they don't, they'll be voted out.

Even a place as staunchly anti-communist as Taiwan offers universal coverage....its the norm in pretty much all other industrialized nations...except us. I think the problem is that people feel like they are being forced to accept this plan, which by the way is not ONE plan yet,....but people voted for these officials, knowing their stance on healthcare before the elections. If the majority of people didn't want these changes, they wouldn't have voted the way they did and Republicans would still control the Congress, White House.

still a bit of a rant I guess...my bad