Monday, April 28, 2008

McCain Stars in "National Treasure Trove of Cliches"

Critics are raging. Opening on the world stage, it’s ”National Treasure Trove of Cliches,” staring Senator John McCain in his wackiest role yet. John “my friends” McCain nails every unbelievable line as a Presidential candidate out of touch, and pretty much out of mind.

You’ll hear classics like, “he wants to empower families to make more medical decisions.” Apparently medical school is no longer a requirement.

Defying logic, Sen. McCain rejects a "big government" takeover of the health care system, saying "I've made it very clear that what I want is for families to make decisions about their health care, not government.”

Disappointed critics of “Trove of Cliches” point out that families already make their own decisions, which are often overridden by insurance company small print, written by CEO’s bent on saving money. The stiff dialog and large plot holes stretch the credulity of McCains character, especially in the scene where “he was ready to take on the ‘parochial interests’ in health care and challenged doctors, hospitals, drug manufactures and insurance providers to do a better job of holding down costs.” -AP

According to one reviewer, “Not one line is believable. In some parts it was unintentionally funny to think that the cast of doctors, hospitals, drug manufacturers and insurers would lower their prices and profits. I nearly choked on my popcorn.”

Critics heads buffeted from one disconnected scene to another. In one moment, McCain admits that health care was "too expensive" costing more than a staggering $2 trillion annually. He even admits these high prices “are a threat, as well to the ability of American workers to build a better life…squeezing wages that workers earn and consumed the budgets of their families."

Then out of nowhere, in a jaw dropping moment, McCain rejects a single-payer system to lower health care costs. “I donated good money to see this?” shouted one McCain supporter. Ignoring the 47 million uninsured in the country, the Senator reasons "real people pay a deeper cost through long waits for treatment or settling for care that does not take advantage of the latest medical science." One critic observed, “Right now, the uninsured don’t even have the chance to wait for treatment and don’t have any chance of getting at the latest medical science. I kept thinking, this is crazy, they’re not covered so it doesn’t matter. Who wrote this script?”

Crowd after crowd had the same kind of reaction and howled in disapproval when McCain promised to work to transform the health care system by putting "families in charge." I heard someone behind me ask, “Who’s he kidding? My family can’t do anything unless I get prior authorization from my insurance company. Wasn’t this McCain thing supposed to be based on a real story?”

The audience grew restless and weary, as the Senator sleepwalked his way through such dialog as "We must reform the health care system to make it responsive to the needs of American families -- not the government, not the insurance companies, not tort lawyers, not even the doctors and hospitals…(It)isn't a one-size-fits-all-big government takeover… Any solution that robs us of that essential sense of ourselves is a cure far worse than the affliction it is meant to treat." All that's missing from this spectacle were guest appearances by the White Rabbit and economist Mad Hatter.

Half way through, some were shrieking at the screen, others were simply exhausted from the unrelenting onslaught aptly titled, “Trove of Cliches.”

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