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You bet.  And we wouldn't have it any other way 

Some are screaming about the non-existent threat of socialized medicine.

So why aren't they screaming about our existing socialized law enforcement?

Imagine this scenario.  It's 3:00 a.m. and you're asleep in your bed.  You're awakened by strange sounds coming from your backyard.  You get up and peek out your bedroom window and see a man working on your backdoor with a pry bar.

 

Someone is trying to break into your house.

 

Of course you're terrified.  You grab the phone and dial 911.  The dispatcher answers.

 

"911, what is your emergency?"

 

" I need the police right away," you whisper into the phone.  "Someone is trying to break into my house!"

 

"Yes, ma'am.  First I need your law enforcement insurance number."

 

Say what?

 

So you tell the dispatcher that you don't have law enforcement insurance, and he tells you that unless you can give him a credit card number with a minimum of, say, $5,000 available credit so you can self-pay for the cost of police protection, he can't send the cops to your house.

 

Your only other option, he informs you, is to somehow get yourself to the nearest law enforcement emergency room and fill out a form explaining the nature of your emergency.  The dispatcher tells you that by law, the cops can't turn you away from a law enforcement emergency room without helping you.

 

But no law enforcement insurance, and can't self-pay?  Then the cops won't come help you.

 

Ah, but wait.  You have a job which provides you with law enforcement insurance, or maybe you're wealthy and have bought private law enforcement insurance.  You're all set, right?  You give the dispatcher your law enforcement insurance number, but he tells you that under the policy of your LEMO - Law Enforcement Maintenance Organization - you're not covered for attempted break-ins, only actual break-ins.  He tells you to call back after the bad guy has gotten inside your house, and then he'll be able to send a patrol car.

 

Damn.  If only you'd gotten the PPPO plan (Preferred Police Provider Organization).

 

If America woke up tomorrow and found that having law enforcement insurance was the only way to obtain help from the cops, I think we'd finally have our long-overdue social revolution.  We'd be marching in the streets.

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A government sponsored single-payer health insuran... by Steve Heller on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 12:49:46 PM
There was an article written making the same point... by waldopaper on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 1:28:17 PM
when you wake up at 3am to see a man with a pry ba... by dave stanley on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 1:28:31 PM
I'm a progressive liberal, but I am also a res... by Steve Heller on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 2:10:12 PM
the American army has been defeatedafter 5 years i... by dave stanley on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 1:34:03 PM
Incredibly well written, you covered the entire is... by Dan Lion on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 1:50:36 PM
Very kind of you to say.... by Steve Heller on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 2:16:42 PM
. . . of the scary s-word. I really hope you folks... by delia on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 6:25:17 PM
Nice article, you know - until we get the "we... by August Adams on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 9:53:51 PM
Wow, Stephen, you really make a strong point. I ag... by Kathryn Smith on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 2:56:52 AM
Thanks for your post.  I was afraid that peop... by Steve Heller on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 8:28:29 AM
The penultimate sentence of my post above should h... by Steve Heller on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 8:42:07 AM
Sorry, I hit send before I responded to the other ... by Steve Heller on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 8:36:07 AM
your comparison between police protection and heal... by Mike Folkerth on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 12:16:33 PM
Mike, thanks for your comments.  As far as a ... by Steve Heller on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 6:06:34 PM
one other thing, Medicare is set to be insolvent b... by Mike Folkerth on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 1:30:43 PM
As I wrote above, I think that between admin cost ... by Steve Heller on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 6:10:41 PM
Yes I have to have mandatory Auto insurance so I P... by "Hoss" David P. on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 2:18:06 PM
Thanks for your comments, HossHoss.  Great sc... by Steve Heller on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 6:24:44 PM
No, I had auto insurance before it was mandatory h... by "Hoss" David P. on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 9:21:01 PM
You kidding?Mandatory insurance?When the day comes... by Kathryn Smith on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 3:42:00 AM
I have searched for an answer to the healthcare pr... by Mike Folkerth on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 9:19:36 AM
I don't care who tries to pay for it, the COST... by "Hoss" David P. on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 12:50:33 PM
I sent a link to your article to a "conservat... by Dan Lion on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 2:36:40 AM
Amen and pass the plate. When you do the math...NO... by Mike Folkerth on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 8:39:16 AM