Mr. Know-it-all answers health care questions
By JIM LARSEN
Whidbey News Times Editor
September 16, 2009 · 8:09 AM
Mr. Know-It-All’s recent swine flu advice was so well-received by those who are no longer with us that he’s decided to write an entire column devoted to health care questions, in hopes of getting a TV gig on Oprah some day.
Q: Congress spent about $9 trillion in a few months bailing out the banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies and car companies. Now they say they can’t afford $1 trillion over 10 years for health care. What’s wrong with this picture?
A: The sick people lobby isn’t doing its job. Unhook that IV, walk through the electronic doors with your checkbook glued to your gown, and get to a political fundraising dinner! If you call ahead, your rubber chicken can be administered intravenously.
Q: About once a month when the moon is full my son’s nose flattens out, his teeth grow, his body gets short and squat, and he starts biting old ladies. What’s wrong with him?
A: Your son has all the characteristics of a werepit. He must have been bitten by an infected pit bull. All you can do is call PETA, which will find the boy a loving home among the breed-unspecific Gypsies.
Q: I’m worried that thousands of students at Washington State University have come down with swine flu, even before the vaccine is available. What’s going to happen?
A: It’s a tragic situation for the pharmaceutical companies. The students will get well in three days without spending $35 on a swine flu shot. However, it’s great news for the beer companies.
Q: I’ve been out of work for months. How do I get appointed to a Death Panel, if that is indeed part of the Democrats’ heath care plan?
A: You have to recognize the signs of a terminal patient: A temperature of at least 101 degrees, plus a large, taxable estate. “Sorry, you’ve got terminal Republicanitis, would you like a pill, or a shot?”
Q: As an older person, I dread the thought of euthanasia. Can’t we stamp it out?
A: Youth in Asia are no different than youth in Africa or youth in America. They’re all terrifying, but history shows they can’t be stopped.
Q: I remember when it was illegal to advertise prescription drugs on TV. What happened?
A: The drug companies tranquilized Congress.
Q: The average American has enough prescription drugs to turn a rogue elephant into a pussycat, so why is marijuana still illegal?
A: We can’t afford to put all those cops, lawyers, judges and jailers on the unemployment rolls.
Q: Why doe you have to get drug-tested to work at Wal-Mart, but not to serve in Congress?
A: You don’t need a urine sample to show Congress is high, all you have to do is watch C-Span.Contact Whidbey News Times Editor Jim Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-360-675-6611 (ext 5050).