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Health Care, Blue Dogs, Town Hall, Obama – Haiku Contest!

This week’s entry began as a long angry article about the scarcity-and-fear-based argument against universal health care and making sure that all humans in the United States are able to be healthy.  It ended as a western-form Haiku that would even fit on Twitter (thanks Patrick Groneman in Bushwick for the cooling off and Jacob Schere in Tokyo for the help).

      Compassion cares for the least among us
Summer turns to fall, scared and selfish turn up their collars
Sad profits born of healthism

What do you think? Anyone else wanna try?

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posted September 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Broken bones and stitched up cut skin
Worms in the apples before they hit the ground
Accumulated unpaid debts

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posted September 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm

insurance companies make a profit
and we get the best health care in the world
but only if you have a job

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posted September 2, 2009 at 2:50 pm

In America,
doctors are drug dealers and
the rich get the scrip.

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Jerry Kolber

posted September 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Damn these are all good.
OK It is ON!! Whoever posts the best healthcare haiku in the next 24 hours wins a free autographed copy of One City.

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posted September 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm

profit motive for health services
insurance companies make money
only when your sick

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posted September 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

All In The Same Boat
Adrift, Scared, Yet Only Some
Get A Life Jacket
@Jerry: Who’s going to sign the copy of one city?

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Jerry Kolber

posted September 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm

oh Ethan, I forgot to mention, I need you to sign a copy of One City for my Haiku contest.

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posted September 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm

somewhere we went wrong
let the bottom line decide
healthcare is our right

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Jerry Kolber

posted September 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm

2 of these are contenders for the prize so far….

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Sarah Stack

posted September 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm

We have chemicals
inside us, we must get out
for health to happen.

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posted September 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm

health insurance reform is not enough
reform the Western diet
read in defense of food

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posted September 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm

The President is focusing on health care when the economy and jobs are nearly everyone’s top issue. Nearly 9 our of 10 Americans say they HAVE coverage, and large majorities of them are happy with it. Of the 46 million uninsured, 9.7 million are not US citizens. 17.6 million have annual incomes of more than $50,000 and 14 million already qualify for Medicaid or other programs. This leaves less than 5 million people truly uncovered our of a population of 307 million. Most Americans don’t believe this problem — serious but correctible — justifies the radical shift away from current coverage. Although the President claims it will save money, it comes with a huge price tag. Workers are rightly concerned that they will not be able to keep their current coverage, because businesses will drop their health plans and pay “the fine” equal to 8% of payroll cost, much less than what is now paid by employers for empoloyee coverage. Look at Medicare which will be gone in the next 20 years…how can this be any better? This is not a “long and angry” comment, it is based on facts. People in this country owe it to themselves not to be sucked in by an emotional plea and investigate the situation, Health care “reform” is more than just “politics” but will wind up changing completely the freedoms we now enjoy to pursue our own path with regard to our health options.

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posted September 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Scarcity, fear, bleakness leak from a pretzel of power.
In the chill of winter health seeks to blossom.
Gardener sees no struggle, no decline. No problem.

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posted September 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

@Gee: That’s not a haiku.
Not to mention other problems. :~)

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Fa Jian

posted September 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm

The fundamental question is, why do the United Stats have come to a state of a faulty healthcare system. It is the only country in the first world without a national, govenment-supported healthcare plan.
In reality, we have third-world conditions: Healthcare is available, but only the well-to-do can afford it. Hence, American healthcare is a scandal, not a system. Surely everyone can buy healthcare “insurance”, but all it ensures is unaffodable deductibles and eclectic policies. Healthcare should never be for profit. That in itself is unethical! Healthcare is a common good, a human right, just a public safety, equalty before he law and access to uncontaminated food are. When will we as a society stand up against the current healthcare insurance scam and institute real healthcare?
Fa Jian

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posted September 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

@Fa Jian: Also not a Haiku (although you make better points than gee).
Come on people, Jerry asked for haiku!
Basho supports health care for all!

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Anan E. Maus

posted September 4, 2009 at 1:18 am

Scarred Crying Sigh-Tears
Pain a million-fold and more
And more mouths lying
And more mouths lying
And more children now dying
Game players play on
Take this, my dead child
It is my last offering
Your lies have killed him
Anything for cash
Say anything you do please
Step on truth’s pale throat
Liars kill sweet hearts
Surrendering to dark greed
Snakes slithering
well, it ain’t Basho, but it is my best 1:20 AM haiku…

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mike harring

posted September 4, 2009 at 4:01 am

There are those who want the status quo.That flies in the face of all things being fleeting and never changing!They cling to the old ways and are attached to them which causes them suffering.

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