One of my friends sent me a joke about care for the elderly. Then I read the news and discovered that, thanks to demographic decline, it’s no joke in Japan.
My email and my news reading converged today. In the morning, I discovered a very funny joke in my inbox about the way government spends more on prisoners than on pensioners. Then, in the afternoon, I read a very sad news story out of Japan about pensioners doing what they need to do to get care. First, here’s the joke:
Say you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and the government says there is no Nursing Home Care available for you.
So, what do you do? You opt for Medicare Plan G!!!
The plan gives anyone 72 or older a Gun (Plan G) and one bullet. You are then sanctioned to shoot one worthless politician. This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive: three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV, a library, and all the Health Care you will ever again need. Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a hearing aid, new hip, knees, kidney, lungs, or heart? They are all covered! And, as an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now!
And, who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can’t afford for you to go into a nursing home!!! Furthermore, you will have gotten rid of a useless politician while you are at it. And now, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any more income taxes!
Lest any humorless person take this joke seriously, no, I am definitely not advocating assassinating politicians. This is a joke, not an instruction book.