Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
When he last had medical coverage, he could not recall,
He noticed a small crack,
seemed like nothing at all...
With money or coverage,
he’d have given that doctor a call,
And they might have taped
or glued up that small crack,
so that old Humpty
could get right back on track,
Or better yet prevented it with a good coat of shellack!
But poor old Humpty had neither money
nor coverage to attend to his needs,
So he went about his business and hoped for the best,
Each effort, each movement put that crack to the test,
But feeding his family left him no time to give it a rest.
It started to spread
and some albumin was expressed,
Though he was neither stupid
nor lazy as some might suggest,
Poor Humpty still thought he dare not be seen,
Cause he knew what such a visit might mean,
Some day he might get coverage
and this visit would be eyed with suspicion,
Being an egg, he feared it might be labelled a preexisting condition.
One day it was too late to fix that dread fissure,
He fell off that wall with a loud crack!
And Old Humpty's future faded to black,
Then King’s men and King’s horses rushed him to the emergency room,
Where you’d think there’d be little to do other than get out the mop or that broom.
But modern medicine has come far,
from the time this story was first penned,
So yolk and shell fragments isn’t necessarily the end,
One month then, two in the ICU,
followed by weeks of rehab,
He slowly recovered but ran up a huge tab.
And on that day when the bills finally arrived,
he wondered if it was truly better that he had survived,
He might now be more fit, and certainly more healthy,
but to pay off his debt he had to sell himself off,
as an omelet to one who was wealthy.
Think that this tale is a fantasy with no relevance to you,
That this is but typical left winger skew?
When those bills start piling up, see how each of you reacts,
Cause next time it may be YOUR nest egg that cracks.
Hope this is simple enough for even a judge or legislator to ken,
And they’ll have enough sense this fate for others to allay,
But I hope they do it soon and don’t dare delay,
Cause soon even all the King’s horses and all the King’s men,
won’t be enough to put the healthcare system back together again...