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Deal or No Deal?

Questions dealing with Hollywood's drug pandemic; PLUS, Obama, Duh!

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
March 19, 2010

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Deal or No Deal?
Deal or No Deal?
Questions dealing with Hollywood's drug pandemic 
Another child actor dead
and all because of drugs.
What happens there in Hollywood?
Are kids turned on by thugs?
Does all that fame and instant wealth
create a thirst for more?
Once scenes are shot and in the can,
who helps young actors score?
Who gives them pot and cocaine and speed
in hopes they soon will buy?
The very ones who feel no grief
when these young actors die?
Who deals and sells to those at risk?
A doctor? Parent? Friend?
Do they not know they're liable
for causing lives to end?
Who cares enough to find a cure
to this pandemic curse?
Will we just blindly close our eyes
and let it become worse?
Or will we close our eyes in prayer
for Mastermedia
and other faith-based outreaches
who woo actors to God?
* Mastermedia International is an interdenominational ministry to actors, directors and producers in Hollywood. Check out their website at http://www.mastermediaintl.org/
Obama, Duh!
New lyrics to the same old tune about healthcare reform

Obama, duh,
your healthcare plan is broke
and should it pass,
we'll also be (no joke).
In Washington your biggest guns
take aim to force your will.
But is it fair to deem and dare
opponents on the Hill?
Why should we be like Canada?
Waiting for months and years for surgeries
while paying more in taxes endlessly.

* The above poem can be sung to the tune for "O Canada"

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Everett Wilson from Ceresco, NE writes:
March 23, 2010
Some evangelicals don't see it as you do. I first wrote on this subject twenty years ago in Christianity Today and The Journal of Christian Nursing, neither of which are bastions of liberalism. It is still available for reprinting after all these years.
We lived for twelve years in Canada when our seven children were at home, received excellent care, and never saw a medical bill.

Certainly there is nothing especially Christian about health care for profit, on which the President's enemies seem fixated I lived for twelve years under Canadian health care, the rest of my long life in the United States. There is waiting under both, In Canada, for service; in the States, for insurance if anyone is willing In Canada you wait until service is available; in the States you wait to see if your insurance will pay your claim or cancel your policy. you wait for your insurance company to cancel your inuntil you can afford to pay. The difference matters

Everett Wilson from Ceresco, NE writes:
March 24, 2010
My computer took over and submitted the previous letter while I was still editing it. That is the reason for the redundancy, not that I needed to repeat, badly, what I had already said clearly enough. If you care, here is the second paragraph as I intended:
There is waiting in both countries where I have lived. In Canada, you may have to wait for service. I had directly experience with that.
My doctor, who was a member of my congregation, ordered tests to rule out the presence of a terminal disease that can move very fast if untreated. There was a lengthy waiting list. I said to him, "So I could die in the meantime." "That's right," he said.
I am a Christian, so was my physician; in large measure that probably had a lot to do with the coolness of our response. I was not thrilled by the wait, but I was glad, as a Christian, to know that a tramp from the street might be in line ahead of mewithout regard to ability to pay. We were one in our need, but it was our need, not our ability to pay, that was at issue.
In the United States, you may have to wait for your insurance to pay your claim--or the worst nightmare, if your insurance company is profit-driven and your claim is large--to wait while your company searches for a legal excuse to get out of paying you, and even for canceling your insurance.
I know something about this too, because I was an adjuster for a health insurance company fifty years ago when most claims were very small, even accounting for the change in dollar value. I was supposed to handle it quickly at my lowly level. Mostly that meant paying the claim. Sometimes the claim had to be denied because the policyholder did not understand the policy, though in those days the policies were pretty straightforward.
claims were small, but even if I paid the claim I was to send it on for review by the underwriters if I had the least inkling there was something wrong with it.
That was okay. It is still okay when the inkling is based on the facts presented.

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