Friday, September 24, 2010

"Ain't that America..."

The income gap in this country is at an eighty year high. One in seven Americans are living in poverty. Meanwhile, a letter from a young ER physician in Mississippi resurfaces and goes viral on Facebook, a letter which blames our health care crisis on a "crisis of culture." Shortly thereafter, my blog post of March 6 ("An open letter to Roger Starner Jones, MD") attracts over 8,000 views and 120 comments from around the world. Many of those posting comments express anger and resentment, questioning why they should bear any responsibility for the care of those whom Dr. Jones refers to as "the careless." What does it say about us as a society when we rush to the defense of a physician who writes, "Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow."

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