Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Onion Outshines the Media Again With Story on Health Insurance

In today's era of corporate journalism, comedy outlets often provide serious analysis of current events, while mainstream media sources supply laughter (perhaps to hide the emptiness). Although Jon Stewart gets most of the kudos in this bizarre inversion, The Onion is far superior in my opinion.

Today, The Onion comments on the impact of rising healthcare costs and the lack of insurance on "average" Americans. I have previously argued that the current discourse has failed to analyze the problems related to a lack of insurance. By contrast, during the presidential campaigns, this issue occupied center stage and captured the attention and empathy of many voters. The Onion attempts to fill the void with this story: Man Succumbs To 7-Year Battle With Health Insurance.

Here's a snip:
After years of battling crippling premiums and agonizing deductibles, local resident Michael Haige finally succumbed this week to the health insurance policy that had ravaged his adult life. . . .

Once a healthy and happy father of two, Haige saw his life forever change seven years ago when health insurance professionals diagnosed him with a preexisting condition. As months passed and his line of credit continued to deteriorate, the former high school football coach would experience excruciating headaches and bouts of nausea every time another hospital bill arrived. . . .

According to an independent study released last month by the Mayo Clinic, health insurance is the nation's No. 2 cause of death, claiming the lives of some 400,000 Americans each year. A silent killer, health insurance often strikes without warning, its harmful and profit-based policies avoiding detection until it is far too late. Although the cruel bureaucratic disorder does not discriminate, statistics have shown that senior citizens, young dependents, and those woefully underemployed are most at risk. . . .

EXCELLENT STUFF. Make sure you visit the site: Man Succumbs To 7-Year Battle With Health Insurance.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Oh, this is too good. LMAO!

Also see this.

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