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One of the most frequently replicated wall postings on Facebook just now is a slightly revised, year-old letter to the editor signed by a Jackson, Mississippi physician named (Roger) Starner Jones, M.D. The letter is critical of the Obama administration's approach to health care reform.

Here's an excerpt:

During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone. While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"!

(SPOILER ALERT: Sweeping generalizations and cultural stereotyping follow.)



September 23, 2010 at 11:53 am
(1) Susan says:

You call this sweeping generalizations and cultural stereotyping?

First of all, I guarantee anyone who works in a hospital sees plenty of this going on. I used to work in a supermarket and couldn’t believe the types of food those on foodstamps bought! They rarely if ever clipped coupons, yet bought only the best cuts of meat…the kind most people who paid out of their own pockets had to pass by. And then with the cash they somehow happened to have, they nearly always bought cigarettes. Amazingly they can afford to smoke, but not to feed themselves. If these things happened occasionally it would not be noticed so much, but I promise you, it happens all the time.

Since when is sporting multiple tatoo’s, owning a cell phone, smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, drinking beer and wearing gold teeth at taxpayers expense considered to be a “culture”?
Well I suppose it’s their culture that allows and reinforces the “entitlement mentality” and the “no accountability” attitude that is so common among those who live on government aid, aka taxpayer money…many of whom obviously do not really need it. Too many abuse the system and don’t even appreciate anything they get, which tells me it’s not an effective program for helping those who actually are in need of basic necessities, or for protecting taxpayers from welfare fraud.

I think all able bodied people receiving aid should be required to do community service several hours each week to qualify. They also should be tested regularly for drug use, including alcohol, and be allowed 6 months to quit smoking. If they can’t or won’t give up their vices, they should be cut off the dole. And anyone who thinks they should be able to continue receiving regardless should start a charity and raise money to support them.

September 28, 2010 at 11:07 am
(2) Vic says:

Right you are, Susan. Well said!

December 4, 2010 at 11:50 am
(3) libsmntldisrdrs says:

The bottom line is that our Federal Government is out-of-control with spending our so called “patriotic tax dollars”. Anyone who relies on government to fully protect themselves and their family is delirious.
This is not about racism, but those who have no legit defense of the facts of the socialist direction of our country will do what any good lawyer would do, try to distract the issue with any means possible to confuse those from the facts. Using racism is the ultimate distraction and also provides an excuse and sympathy for ones own shortfalls. Sadly, because of this behavior, the cycle continues and is passed to each generation and continues to feed what racism is left towards one another. Go to mamby-pamby land and get some self-confidence…

January 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm
(4) RJ says:

Although Dr Jones does not work in the ER where I am a nurse,
my experience is very similar. The entitlement mentality is rampant. The medicaid abuses are alarming. “Single moms” with 5 children by 5 different men is a common thing. What happened common sense and moral responsibility?

July 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm
(5) Henderson Jones says:

Starner Jones has written a novel, Purple Church (Texas Review Press). Visit: http://www.starnerjones.com

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