A “Heavenly Healthcare Wakeup Call” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

sign from God 2

Round One of the Healthcare Fight is over. Lots of ducking and weaving, no solid blows landed. It may appear that the ACA came out of it unscathed, but remember, that was just Round One which is all about feeling out your opponent (or in Trump’s case, feeling up your opponent – sorry couldn’t resist, the metaphor just hung it out there.)

Empathy is the most important trait that a lawmaker can have; it is every bit as important as intelligence. It’s one thing to be able to know what is wrong and another to want to do something about it. Politicians are human beings. They have the same experiences as everyone else. Male politicians’ wives and female politicians feel the same pain during childbirth that all other women feel. And they have the same angst as other people when their children are sick. This is what they need to think about when they consider providing a healthcare law that values “Life” as in “Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.” I am not really saying that I want them to suffer from serious health issues so that they can have empathy for other’s suffering, but when I was thinking about this, I had a visual pop into the void between my ears and it led to this…..

Will Congress ever see the healthcare light?
If God sent them a sign, they just might.
Just the thought gives me tingles.
If they all came down with shingles…
Be assured they’d think healthcare’s a right.

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