Thursday, January 21, 2010

Brock Lesnar Wants To Talk To You About Health Care.

From the Toronto Star:

Two months after nearly dying in the Canadian wilderness, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is healthy and ready to fight – against challengers to his belt and against anyone advocating health care reform in the U.S.

Lesnar still won't say exactly where in Canada he was last November, when a severe bout of diverticulosis made him so ill that his career and long-term quality of life both were jeopardized, but in a conference call to announce his return to action he blasted the hospital system here.
"They couldn't do nothing for me," he said Wednesday. "It was like I was in a Third World country. ... I'm just stating the facts here, and that's the facts. If I had to choose between getting care in Canada or in the United States, I definitely want to be in the United States."

The disdain the UFC heavyweight champion, who calls himself a "Conservative Republican," feels for Canada's health care system bubbled over after a November hunting trip.

For about a year beforehand Lesnar had suffered from intermittent stomach pains, fatigue and flu symptoms, but worked through the discomfort, which U.S. doctors eventually diagnosed as mononucleosis.

But the symptoms persisted and drained him so badly that he had to cancel a Nov. 21 title defence against Shane Carwin. With his calendar suddenly wide open he headed to Canada for a hunting trip, where sharp stomach pain and a 40C fever sent him into shock and into hospital.

When Lesnar arrived at the hospital – three hours' drive from his Canadian cabin but within driving distance of Bismarck, N.D. – he said doctors were unhelpful, and unable to diagnose him because of malfunctioning equipment.

After his wife checked him out and drove him to a hospital in Bismarck, doctors diagnosed him with diverticulosis, a condition characterized by inflamed and perforated pouches in the lining of the intestine.

Lesnar says his poor treatment in Canada and quick diagnosis in America confirm his belief that the U.S. should resist any attempts to socialize its health care system.

As an uninsured American with a pre-existing condition, I have been longing to hear the health care reform views of a right-wing UFC fighter who ignored his stomach pains for a year before they resulted in his body going into shock while on a hunting trip. Since only crooks and cops hunt in populated places, the still-unnamed medical facility that treated Lesnar was--as the newspaper item indicates--obviously in a remote area of rural Canada.
(Tie your guts in knots in rural America, numbnuts. Do you think you'll be airlifted to the Mayo Clinic?)
Prediction: Lesnar will be a featured guest on Fox News within a month, where he'll be welcomed not as the musclebound asshole who ignored severe stomach pains while embarking on a Yukon hunting trip, but as a health care expert with credentials rivaling those of Sarah Palin, the newest nitwit in the Fox stable of unstable fools.

UPDATE: Erstwhile JackRabbit Cafe´contributor TBLMISBT--who is not on performance-enhancing drugs--passes this along...

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