Obamamandias

With apologies to P.B. Shelley . . .

I met a traveler from bankrupt land
Who said: ‘One vast and hapless head of stone
Lies in the desert. Near it, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered website lies, still down.
That haughty look, and sneer of cold command,
And photo-op poses, a myriad!
Still cannot get it, overwhelmed by “things”
Like “If you like it, you can keep it. Period.”
And on the teleprompt these words appear—
“My name is Obamamandias, king of kings:
Look on my work, ye uninsured, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
A once great health care system stretches far away.’

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9 comments on “Obamamandias

  1. “Obamandias”, surely?

  2. My Literature class will appreciate this today.  Thanks!

  3. Gervase, you have good arguments on your side.

  4. “A once great health care system” Um…

  5. The healthcare system has always been great. The financing system was what needed some work. We’re on our way to destroying both.

  6. Amen Jane

  7. Not to quibble — ‘cuz this is AWESOME — but the “once great” system hasn’t been great since before FDR, if it was great then.  Access to care and sensible economics are both properties of greatness for a healthcare system.

  8. We hear you Gervase but…me likey the extra “ma” because a Kenyan would want “mama” in there. As in “MAMA YANGU, akafa vibaya!..” (i.e. MOTHER OF MINE, he died badly!)

  9. Came across this strip recently on my Dilbert desk calendar, and it reminded me of this issue.
    http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2010-11-19/

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