The ACP Advocate Blog
by Bob Doherty
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A Bit of Irish "Poetry" on St. Paddy's Day!
Today, of course, is St. Patrick's Day, an important occasion for celebration for we Irish Americans, especially those of us who are first generation. (My beloved late father, Jack Doherty, hailed from County Leitrim and owned and tended bar at Doherty's Bar in Woodside, Queens, New York for over thirty years.)
One fond Irish tradition is the art of writing limericks, which are short Irish verses, of a humorous nature, with a set rhyme scheme. In honor of today's occasion, and health reform, here are a couple of limericks written by yours truly:
In 1995, health reform died
Although Hill and Bill surely tried,
Will Obama prevail?
Where others did fail?
Or will the people again be denied?
Obama wants health care reform,
But will the lobbyists make him forlorn?
They all say health reform is okay
(Just don't make us the ones who pay)
Their arguments are so tired and worn.
If Senator Max Baucus has his say
Primary care will soon see a better day
But for them to be paid more
Someone's ox will be gored
Will the surgeons be forced to pay?
That's it for today.
Slainte! (Irish for Good cheer!)
Today's question: Do you want to try your hand at writing a health care reform limerick? (If so, post it here.)
About the Author
Bob Doherty is Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians Government Affairs and Public Policy; Author of the ACP Advocate Blog
Email Bob Doherty: TheACPAdvocateblog@acponline.org.Follow @BobDohertyACP
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