File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 64

Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 20:12:22 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] No one should die because they cannot afford

They say that about anything involving the mouth, however, the jaw and  
teeth are connected to the rest of the body by bone, blood, muscle,  
and nerve. Dental work is vital to our body health not just for  
cosmetic appearance. I know. i have lived with dislocated jaw joints  
for probably all my life.

On Sep 4, 2009, at 10:27 AM, Robert Rogers wrote:

> Here's a puppetry-related anecdote:  I once gove a performance at the
> headquaters of the Aetna Insurance Company in Hartford, CT.  The  
> place was a
> palace, and within it was built a concert hall with 1200 seats.  For  
> some
> reason, I had been booked for a lunchtime entertainment series for the
> employees.  I can assure you that 1200 people definitely did not  
> show up!
> I asked why an insurance company needed such an elaborate space.  My  
> contact
> answered, "Oh, well we had Robert Klein here last week!" (This was  
> when
> Robert Klein the comedian was at his peak.)
> So the next thought that popped into my head (but not expressed)  
> was, "So
> that's why your customers' premiums are so high.  They're paying for  
> top
> draw entertainment for your employees.
> And speaking of private versus public coverage: A few years ago I  
> endured
> major surgery to remove a cyst behind my eye.  It required two  
> doctors, one
> of whom was an oral surgeon - by the way, the head of his department  
> at a
> big time NYC hospital.  Wouldn't you know that my insurance company  
> at the
> time refused to pay him?  The excuse: "He's a dentist, and your  
> policy does
> not cover dental work."
> After my protest, the company demanded to see a copy of his license,  
> which
> he found very insulting.  But still, it took my contacting the State
> Attorney General to compel the insurance company to finally pay.   
> That's the
> current state of the U.S. system, and it's nothing to be proud of.
> Robert Rogers
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