Tuesday, December 02, 2008

How Hard Is It To Use Google?

Here is a categorical statement.
Nobody, I mean NOBODY dies from lack of health insurance.

I'm not even sure, in the course of the larger comment, how such a statement is relevant. Anyway, I went to our old friend Google, and typed the following in the little search box: dead+because+no+insurance. When I did that, the very first item on the screen, after some adds for Blue Cross was this story.
Patrick McSorley, a victim of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan who became
one of the most visible critics of clergy sexual abuse, was discovered
dead early yesterday in a North End apartment, his lawyer said yesterday.
A close friend said McSorley, 29, occasionally went to the apartment to
take drugs owing to a chronic substance-abuse problem that had plagued him for several years.

"To think he had come this far and just to have it end so abruptly -- it's
a tragic ending," said the friend, Alexa MacPherson, 29,... "I spent a lot of last summer and fall trying to help him get into a drug-rehabilitation program. He definitely was in need of some serious help," MacPherson said.

"There were days when we would spend 10, 12, 14 hours at . . . hospitals, trying to get him in. He wanted their help so badly, and we basically got turned away because he had no health insurance."

Kind of puts a dent in his rather sweeping statement.

The thing is, before making such a statement, all Marshall had to do was use Google. It took me less than thirty seconds, and I came up with a list of 584,000 hits with those four words.

Ignorant, bigoted, and lazy. What a wonderful combination.

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