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...someone calling himself Alan S. Boyd M.D., whose op-ed
on health care in today's paper is breathtakingly lame in both concept and execution. Opening with a bizarre assertion that "it's likely this nation will eventually adopt socialized health care," Boyd takes the reader on an acerbic journey through its tragic consequences: more uninsured patients, fewer physicians, less charity, less patient advocacy, a decline in complex medicine, and no more medical research.
The thing I'm having a hard time figuring out is whether this is uncultivated sarcasm or inept satire. Is Boyd the uninformed right-wing commiephobe a literal reading of the piece would suggest, or is this just a badly executed Swiftian parody of anti-reform obstructionism? And more to the point, is The Tennessean
really that hard up for op-ed contributions?