I wonder if there is any connection between this & this. Me, if I had one of those drug plans & a serious disease, I'd make sure I died at work & that before I died I was publicly ill -- wheezing, coughing, collapsing, & pissing my pants in public, all the while explaining to my co-workers that because of rapacious drug companies & the radical right's cult of the "free" market, I couldn't afford the drugs that would make my death more comfortable for me (or perhaps extend my life) & less objectionable to them. Truly, these are Ayn Rand's insurance plans.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.