OBAMACARE

OBAMACARE
(To the tune of, “Our Love is Here to Stay,” by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin.)

Obamacare.
Thankfully here to stay.
Another year
Under the ACA

Republicans and the President
Promising to repeal and replace.
Suffered embarrassment.
All of them losing face.

Obamacare.
Mandates the right abhors.
But to be fair.
Millions that law insures.

Donald may grimace and grumble.
Not being humble.
But, “Health-care for all,” we say.
Obamacare
Hooray!

Lyric © 2017 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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WHEN YOU NEED A DOCTOR

WHEN YOU NEED A DOCTOR
(To tune of “Some Enchanted Evening,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein from Broadway show and later film, “South Pacific).

When you need a doctor.
You don’t call the doctor.
Now ‘days first you call The
Insurance Company.
And speak to a clerk
whose diagnosis
determines if they pay
or you pay, for this.

When it’s really painful
from a broken ankle.
Hop ‘round on one foot, The
Insurance Company
tells you while you wait.
And here is the gist.
The doctor whom you want
is not on their list.

Once had a doctor
who looked after me.
Now I pay a comp’ny.
Who looks out for me?

When I need a doctor.
I don’t have a doctor.
Now I only have The
Insurance Company
examine the costs
watch its bottom line
And make all decisions
for its health, not mine.

Once had a doctor
who looked after me.
Now I pay a comp’ny.
Who looks out for me?

ic © 2015 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF – 2014

Pat Buchanon recently said that immigration could split the USA into two countries.  Immigration is but one of many issues that spark partisan outbursts that grow increasingly strident.

LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF
(To tune of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by George and Ira Gershwin)

Intro
Things have come to a great impasse
And the blame flies “tit for tat”
The Republicans want one thing
But the Democrats don’t want that
Oh I fear a sad end we’ll see
Will democracy fall flat?
This great nation born, no longer one
Something must be done.

Verses
You’d cut spending, with budget axes
I’d trim spending, and edge up taxes
Spending, taxes, budget axes
Let’s call whole thing off

I say public, and you say private
You’d kill health care, and I’d revive it
Public, private, kill re-vive it
Let’s call the whole thing off

Bridge
But oh, if we call the whole thing off
Then we might start to think
And oh, given proper thought
We might do what we ought

Verse
Cut big spending, and raise some taxes
Stop pretending, to grind no axes
Feed-up, knowing
To hell the country’s going,
The people call the politics off
Let’s call the whole thing off

Additional verse
You’re against, Latin immigration
I say immigrants, build a nation
Immigration, build a nation
Let’s call the whole thing off

Bridge 2
For oh, lest we call the whole thing off
We might just fall apart
And oh, if we fell apart
Well that would break my heart

For this nation’ founders, were wise and dreamers
But their dream flounders, when used by schemers
Fed up, knowing, to hell the country’s going
People call the politics off
Let’s call the whole thing off

Lyric: © 2011, 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg
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YOUNG AND HEALTHY

For the Affordable Health Care Act to be viable from  a cost standpoint, enough young and healthy persons must enroll to offset the higher costs for the elderly and severely ill enrollees with preexisting conditions.

YOUNG AND HEALTHY
(To tune of “Young and Foolish,” by Albert Hague and Arnold B. Horwitt (1954))

Young and healthy
We need you to enroll
Young and healthy
You bring some cost control

Without all the uninsured
Who won’t be sick or ill
Obamacare becomes a poison pill

Because you’re healthy
We profit on you more
Unlike the wealthy
Whose wealth can self-insure.

To balance out the aged
To average out the cost
If we don’t have the young and healthy
We’re lost.

Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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THEY’VE TOLD ME I MUST CHANGE MY PLAN

THEY’VE TOLD ME I MUST CHANGE MY PLAN
(To tune of, “I Guess I’ll have to Change my Plan,” by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz)

They’ve told me I must change my plan.
The one they said that I could keep when this began
Obamacare has changed the landscape
For every woman, every man

Now I must buy maternity
Though I’m a male and giving birth is not for me.
For some it saves, for others premiums soar
When common sense walks right out the door
And now I’m simply boiling mad
I want to keep the plan I’ve had

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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