January 3, 2011
Pneumonia on Rye
In light of the GOP’s health care repeal plans, and the impetus to axe social services and corporate regulations (did you catch how much Big Health got behind former HMO mogul, Rick Scott’s Florida campaign? by the way), I see this wire photo as being as much predictive as descriptive. It conjures a future where health services are provided ad hoc, not just by medical street teams for the homeless in diners, but for most everybody outside the upper sphere.
And, like the guy sitting at the counter oblivious to it all, chances are that, if and as the support systems get shredded, people will be none the wiser.
(photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters. caption: Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program street team member Dr. Patrick Perri (L) listens to the lungs of a homeless man with a suspected case of pneumonia in a diner in Boston, Massachusetts December 15, 2010. The street team works to bring health care to Boston’s chronically homeless, and to get those homeless to medical care.)