William L. Winters Jr. (2010) Health Care Reform: A Poetical Plea. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal: July 2010, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 34-34.doi: https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-6-3-34
healthcare , health care reform
That health care as anyone could see
A sort of reborning
To avoid a financial melee.
Major problems were quite visible
That made most people miserable
Like cost and access
Tricky insurance and malpractice
But each issue quite addressable.
Then there’s the matter of waste
Not curable just by cut and paste
So look for the source
Not obvious of course
That may require patience not
Because some politicians just don’t
Their constituents to their great
Rose up en masse
Like weeds in the grass
To head off a worsening debit.
So as more people saw through it all
And tea parties slowed it to a stall
Let’s think this thing through
So as not to fall into
An uncontrolled financial freefall.
Try to show us you really do care
Take it step by step
With an eye on the debt
To find benefits that we all may
Rather than shake our foundations
Out of sheer and utter frustrations
Take a look at the parts
Readjust it with smarts
Then stand back to laud the creation.
With that thought in mind
Craft reforms of the kind
That look at the mix
To accomplish a fix
To solve this unending old bind.
As a doctor, I want you to know
I believe our profession would show
More trust in the end
If politicians would bend
And think like that sleuth, Hercule
He achieved all manner of fame
By listening to all sides of the game
Then melding the ideas
For everyone to see as
A solution that all can acclaim.
So I think we all would agree
That such health care reform should be
An open forum for all
Young, old, short, and tall
And quite transparent for all to see.
Expect different opinions to be
Stumbling blocks for some
A trial to overcome
In route to the game-winning tee.
I believe the best leaders today
Are those with attitudes that say
We’ll do it somehow
With grace and a bow
The consensus we’ll hail with
Having said all this with vigor and
Midst a strong wish for us all to win
To the parties in power
No more of those glowers
We will see if you sink or you swim.
If swimming were to happen
We’d be more than happy to read
That patients come first
Best news, not the worst
That our leaders did, in fact, take
It just goes to show you all
Common sense wins over a brawl
So it comes as a plea
From my colleagues and me
Make it work for the very long haul.