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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Socialized Auto Repair and Car Care

The dictum finally came down from the lord Barack Obama, the messiah, the most merciful that all the land should be taxed and part of the proceeds would be used to fund socialized car care.

Mac the mechanic, who had been an auto mechanic for at least 30 years received notice in the mail that he would no longer be able to bill people directly for his services, but would rather have to send a monthly claim to the administration of car care and auto repair. Mac had always pretty much run a cash and carry service. His loyal customers would bring their cars in for service. Mac, who was very competent and very well liked, would go over the problems with his clientele, make the authorized repairs, get paid in cash, and everyone was happy. If any unexpected problems occurred, Mac would do his best to make things right.

Well, suddenly, Mac found out that the gubment would not accept paper claims from him. The gubment required that Mac submit electronic claims. Poor Mac did not know a thing about computers. He called the car care and auto repair administration to complain but was told that this was "change he could believe in" and that he would be required to buy a complete computer system, the latest gubment claim submittal software, and a high speed internet connection, as well as hire a technician to train Mac and his staff on the proper utilization of the system.

Bewildered customers began to appear wanting their cars repaired. According to the latest gubment rules, Mac was no longer allowed to accept their money, but would be paid based on the primary problem with the car. Mr. Jones brought in his car because it was missing. Mac found it needed new spark plugs. While under the hood, Mac also found a leak in the radiator and a worn brake pad. Mac was surprised to find out that the gubment would only pay Mac for the new spark plugs, and only about 40 percent of his usual and customary charge for labor. They would not pay him anything for the radiator repair and installation of the new brake pad. His payment was based only on the primary problem.

After Mr. Jones drove the car off the lot a fan belt broke. Mr. Jones brought the car back to Mac. The gubment now informed Mac that he would not be paid anything at all. They were denying his claim entirely stating that Mac must have done something to cause that fan belt to break.

After a time, Mac started refusing to service older cars. There was so much wrong with the old cars that he could not make anything trying to service them.

Pretty soon, people started bringing in cars for Mac to see even when there was nothing wrong with them. This was because all the people were told that they could have their car serviced for FREE. With their new gubment car care plan, they would be charged NOTHING!

Many of Mac's previously loyal customers started to get angry with Mac. They had seen gubment run ads on TV stating that greedy auto mechanics were the cause of high costs and inefficiency in the system, and that further reform and regulation needed to be done to take care of greedy people like Mac.

In the next few months, Mac received a notice that he was going to have to start doing customer quality surveys at his own expense. The results of these surveys would be used by the gubment to determine the quality of auto care. Those mechanics with high marks would receive more pay while those with lower marks would receive less. The criteria and questions would be formulated by "experts" at Harvard and Yale. The results would be posted on the internet for all to see.

Some of the larger auto repair places were able to hire consultants to help them get better survey scores. Unfortunately Mac could not afford such consultants so he ended up getting paid even less. Some of Macs previous customers started going elsewhere because of Mac's lower scores reducing his income even further.

Eventually, Mac went bankrupt and was forced into early retirement. His only means of support now is social security which turned out not to be as much as he had hoped since the gubment raised the full benefit age to 88 shortly before he retired. Also, Mac found that his 401K money had been spent by Barack Obama to fund his new healthcare plan.

So that vile, greedy, auto mechanic Mac, finally got his just rewards.

For those of you that are smiling at my work of pure fiction, realize that this is exactly the way that the gubment deals with doctors and hospitals. And the Dimocrats wonder why we look at them with so much disdain when they suggest a gubment run healthcare program.

For related articles, check out my diatribes:
What I Believe - The Solution to the "Healthcare Crisis" - Part 1
What I Believe - The Solution to the "Healthcare Crisis" - Part 2

49 comments:

  1. This is genius my dear, pure genius. I'm going to post the first couple of paragraphs, with a link over here so everyone will hopefully pop over and read it all.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth

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  2. Yeah well done, and you are right, this is how it's going to work. In a recent article Mark Steyn asks the question, why is it that people can buy their own house and car with no government intervention, yet when it comes to health, the state has to get involved. The answer is that, that is just the start.

    Out here in Australia, we embraced socialized medicine and the result is poor care, longer waiting times, billions upon billions flushed down the toilet and now the government is involved in buying your first home. Not only that, when we pay our own money to buy a car and maintain is, we have to pay a tax for the privilege of owning it.

    That's socialism folks.

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  3. Damn! That was well put Grouch! I'm glad of all them bucks I spended sendin' yo to illiteracy skool!
    I knew where it was going and a hearty well done to ya.
    I will post a new blog soon as I find something I haven't already bitched about.

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  4. Linked to Right Truth blog:

    http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2009/06/socialized-auto-repair-and-car-care.html

    Linked to American Power Blog:

    http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/socialized-auto-repair-and-car-care.html

    Linked to Bob McCarty Writes:

    http://bobmccarty.com/2009/06/17/tennessee-emergency-room-doctor-says-obama-healthcare-plan-has-real-mechanical-problems/

    Linked to: Automobiles.com

    http://www.automobiles.com/2009/06/the-grouch-at-right-truth-socialized-auto-repair-and-car-care/

    Linked at Twitter.com

    http://twitter.com/

    Will be linked to Bear Creek Ledger:

    http://www.bearcreekledger.com/

    And the links keep coming...

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  5. I hope this analogy is read by enough people to let what is being done to healthcare providers actually sink in.

    I am going to link to this over at The Immoderate Blog

    (http://malignantliberalidiocy.typepad.com)

    Thanks for the heads up Debbie!

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  6. Now we can't drive to the doctor's reject line. Nuts...

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  7. Thanks everyone who has commented so far. Sam Pierce....realize that this thing has been going on with us for a very long time in the form of Medicare. As Medicare runs out of money, then the gubment will put the squeeze on us more and more with reduced payments and more and more burdensome regulations which actually increase the cost even further.

    I did not specifically allude to the malpractice, tort reform crisis in healthcare. I guess Mac the Mechanic probably was forced to buy malpractice insurance too under the hope and change plan.

    Barack told the AMA the other day he was against tort reform. So there ya go!

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  8. Great post with stinging satire--I like that. I don't know who has it worse under socialized care--the car or the human. These days they are joined at the hip anyway so I guess both suffer.

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  9. i'm linking to you - this is sheer genius as you lovely wife pointed out so eloquently above. i'll send a trackback shortly.

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  10. This sends a chill down my spine because there is a lot of "right" truth in your story. We know that versions of this have already become true.

    What a great way to kick off your first post. I'll link you and add you to my blogroll. We need our medical professionals speaking out.

    Congratulations Grouch.

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  11. Lovin' it! I am sending this link to two of my favorite bloggers who are also doctors and then putting the link on my site for my readers.

    Creative writing must be in the medical curriculum because Dr. Joe Guarino, blogger, Greensboro, NC sometimes tickles us with his spoofs on our local government.

    Thank you for the laugh when there is nothing to do but laugh or cry, and crying is so much less productive. Sincerely, Brenda Bowers

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  12. My doc said that he could fix my car cheaper than the Auto Admin would pay... and if I took it to him, he'd take my tonsils out and fix my heart valve for free since Gubmint Hell-th Care didn't pay anything any more. Whatta Deal!

    I'm linking here for damn sure...

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  13. Thomas, this is absolutely brilliant. Sad, because it depicts the entire truth about where things are headed, but truth. I will be looking at a way to link to you myself. Awesome and well done.

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  14. Dear Thomas: Oh for heaven's sake. This is just alarmism. You obviously don't see the Big Picture, a management catchphrase we use to show that a race of giants is running the show. All people have to do is one simple thing, and the whole premise of your column blows up, leaving the path to Utopia clear:

    Get yourself elected to Congress.

    See? No more worries. Think the People's representatives are going to worry about THEIR health care? Of course not. So the path for everyone is clear: get yourself elected to Congress, otherwise head off to Utopia, a paradise for cannibals.

    Sincerely yours,
    Gregory Koster

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  15. Now, that was funny. Scary but funny. You won't see good humor like that on network television. Glad I found it.

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  16. Gee thanks yall. I had no idea my little diatribe would create so much interest. I hope I brought a smile to everyone and I hope I made you think.

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  17. The fact of the matter is that if any other element of society was treated by the gubment like those who deliver healthcare are treated, there would be a general uprising and perhaps a revolution. I say the time for revolution is NOW!

    GLORY HALLELUJAH!

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  18. Brilliant! (Your post).

    Obama's plan needs to crash and burn ASAP so greater minds can take over.

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  19. Sounds like the VA. God help us then.

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  20. sorry my comment disappeared..I linked to you, too...and copied it for my doctor! Will send it to him. Thanks..great stuff.

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  21. Well done and true to factual. I will be linking to my blog. WWW.callieannbrat@blogspot.com..

    found this at Sarge Charlie's were he linked you thanks for this

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  22. As a doctor who treats Medicare patients now, I can tell you that there is a great deal of fact in this analogy. It is not alarmist, it is current fact. Dr. Joe

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  23. This is a bunch of worthless crap.

    RACEBUUUUUBE

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  24. So, you guys accept government (i.e., taxpayer) money from programs like medicare/medicaid etc., and you complain about the paperwork involved? Go screw yourselves.

    RACEBUUUIBE

    Kansas Car Idiot

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  25. Dear:
    RACEBUUUIBE
    Kansas Car Idiot
    Anonymous

    I would not pretend to debate with you over a subject you obviously know nothing about.

    Besides, you know the old saying:

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.

    GROUCH

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  26. Inagaddadavida_loca (yippie68@yahoo.com)June 26, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    It's always amusing to see where people's personal biases take them.

    How did we get to have this mess anyway?

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  27. From Isobel A.
    I can't believe how many people believe that an ANALOGY ... something completely imaginary ... depicts the truth! This post is not the whole truth about the plan, folks, it is a made-up story using some clever parallels, but has nothing to do with the actual truth ... and contrary to supposed 'informed' opinion of the Australian commenter above, the Australian health care system is excellent. Not to mention the fact that it is free ... I didn't hear him complaining about that fact. Sure, it's overworked, because people now would rather do deadhead jobs than go to the trouble of learning anything extensive. The tertiary entrance ranking ot become a doctor is still above 99%, so there is still a huge untapped resource for doctors in the form of people that, for one irrelevant reason or another, didn't get two more percentage points on their high school assessments. So the one problem our socialized health care system has could easily be resolved.

    Thomas, tell people exactly how much you earn and see how much sympathy you get. I would also venture to say that if you don't want to help people unless there is an enormous fee involved, you don't want to help people.

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