Thursday, March 02, 2006

Drinking Liberally: To Your Health!

Getting over that nasty cold that's infected the mountains for the last six weeks? Did you go to see your doctor about it? Of course you didn't. And why didn't you? You don't have insurance... you can't afford it... it's just a cold...

Drinking Liberally, that weekly gathering of left-of-center spleen venters, phrenologists, faith healers, and snake oil salesmen, prescribes hot whiskey and animated conversation to cure what ails you.

In George W. Bush's Republican America, health care isn't a priority. Instead of a problem to be solved, it's a gripe to be obscured. When at least 15% of the U.S. population is uninsured (that's in the neighborhood of 45 million individuals) and another 30% qualify for some form of Medicaid or Medicare coverage, who's footing the bill? When health care costs are increasing as quickly as insurance companies' profit margins, how in the name of Hippocrates will any of us be able to afford adequate health care? The answer, of course, is that we won't. Something's got to give, and I'm guessing that the Republican Medicare plan isn't going to make the problem go away.

Health care is such a complicated issue that it can make you sick just to think about it. So to fend off nausea, dizziness, disorientation, and confusion, Dr. Feelgood recommends Drinking Liberally. Every Thursday from 7-10pm at Jack of the Wood in downtown Asheville. Bring your health care knowledge, experiences, complaints, and ideas. Jack of the Wood will supply the medicine, and the Drinking Liberally contingent, with new members every week, will supply the forum.

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