Why Obamacare Needs a Dose of South America

Patiently waiting sick people in Mataquintos, Managuay

By Hunter B. Knob

At first glance, you would say there is nothing the United States could learn from a South American banana republic like Managuay.
Income equality in the military dictatorship, according to data collected by the United Nations Development Programme, is comparable to that in Third World countries like Cambodia and Uganda. Education, or the lack of it, leads to an outrageously high number of school dropouts and teen pregnancies. The military junta, headed by general Jamón, in 2010 spent more money on golden shoulder pads for their army uniforms than on infrastructure. I hear you think: that’s just like the US, what’s there to learn?

Not so fast.

Surprisingly, when it comes to health care the Managuay generals have made more decisions in line with the ideas of the Founding Fathers than the current regime in Washington. They’re all about that one principle that the Obama administration seems to deem just a little bit less important than others: freedom.

Take Obamacare’s much-criticised individual mandate. In Managuay’s parliament, proposing a law that requires every citizen to purchase health insurance would mean political suicide. Admittedly, it would mean actual suicide, since the military junta prefers its members of parliament to play cards instead of interfering in the business of government – but still.

Administrative obligations are looked down upon by most Managuayans, be it government officals or factory workers. Naturally, the main reason is the country’s widespread illiteracy – 80% – but there’s also an ideological component. Government shouldn’t do what the people are perfectly capable of doing. Moreover, health care is regarded as something between doctors and patients. The central government chips in and makes sure every important treatment is available to most, but the rest is left to the free market.

On paper, it works out like this: if you’re ill, you go to a doctor.
The doctor cures you, and you pay. Plain and simple. Of course, reality may be different sometimes – you go to a doctor, but he has no time, or you go to a doctor and he won’t cure you before he’s slept with your wife, or he tries to cure you but hits an artery in the process, forcing you to take a horse carriage for an emergency treatment in a hospital three hours away – but that’s reality and you can fix that.

What it boils down to is the fact that Managuayans have the freedom to live and the freedom to suffer horrible pains. In four words: freedom at its purest.
That is the ideological blueprint. Isn’t it ironic that in the so-called land of the free the administration holds a completely different ideology?

Let’s now wait and see how many Supreme Court justices have been on vacation to Managuay – or still need to go.

Banana Republic Offers Gingrich Citizenship

Newt Gingrich at a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado

MATAQUINTOS – The South American banana republic of Managuay has offered Newt Gingrich citizenship. This morning, a government official called his political ideas ‘very adaptable’.

‘If Super Tuesday turns out to be a disappointment, we are glad to incorporate Mr. Gingrich into our system,’ declared general Eduardo Dinero, Managuay’s Secretary of Commerce and Mustard Gas. Dinero promises Gingrich a glorious future in the country’s political arena. ‘He is quirky, a megalomaniac and insists that everybody acknowledge he’s right. That makes him perfectly fit for public office.’
It has been known for a while that Managuay’s head of state, general Jamón, privately – but tenderly – calls Gingrich ’the grey armadillo’.

Dinero praised Gingrich for the courage of his political ideas, such as providing park police with more ammunition to kill homeless people and paying students to be janitors. Giggling: ‘Even in Managuay, that would suffice to make people take to the streets to protest.’ Suddenly serious: ‘But they would be shot.’

The only thing expected to be frowned upon by the catholic Managuayan people is Gingrich’ personal life. ‘Being with his third wife makes him stand out a bit in the average cantina,’ said Dinero. ‘But as soon as he’s done with his tenth, the rum’s on the house.’

IMF Chief Offered Escape by Hog-Nosed Skunks

The hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus), symbol of the Managuayan special forces

NEW YORK – A day after Dominique Strauss-Kahn was refused a $1m bail on an attempted rape charge, a military unit from Managuay offers to rescue him for half the price.

Upon arrival at the Rikers Island jail in New York on Tuesday, the IMF chief received a note signed by a group called The Hog-Nosed Skunks (Los Zorrinos). Known as the Latin Navy SEALs, they are a special force from the banana dictatorship of Managuay in South America, a country ridden by poverty, oppression and an overkill of brightly coloured ponchos.

In the letter, the Skunks offer Strauss-Kahn a way out of prison for only $500,000: ‘cheaper than the usual amount to silence an sexually attacked employee’. The Hog-Nosed Skunks – named after an mammal that is known for anally secreting a liquid with a strong, foul odour – admit in a postscript that they are not making an offer the IMF chief can’t refuse: ‘After all, your hobby – running out of the shower naked and grabbing a person from behind – is something that is very common in Rikers Island prison.’

Death Belgian cyclist doesn’t scare Managuayans

Cyclist Wouter Weylandt earlier this year

CHUCO – The fatal accident of Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt in the Giro d’Italia yesterday has turned attention to La Ronda de Managuay, a cycling race coming up next month.

Managuay is a poor South American country where the only well-functioning organisation is the Ministry of Propaganda. According to some critics, Managuay organising a four-week international cycling race by standards of the International Cycling Union (UCI) ‘is like a llama trying to spit in its own eye.’

Yesterday, a Ronda spokesman referred to the same South American cameloid after expressing his grief about Weylandt’s death. Although some stages of La Ronda are located in the Andes, such an accident could never happen in Managuay, he said. ‘In the valleys of this country, there’s always a llama to drop on.’

Cycling teams from France and Australia are reconsidering their participation.

Qaddafi’s speech writer hopes ‘to bring peace’

Muammar el-Qaddafi during his second speech

TRIPOLI – He called the Libyan insurgents ‘greasy rats’. He called for a ‘house by house’ hunt. And yet, the speech writer to Muammar el-Qaddafi believes today will see peace.

Alfonso Suarez (33), one of the Libyan dictator’s closest aides, is eager to explain the ideas behind the angry speech that was televized Tuesday night. Only minutes after Qaddafi had ended his ranting monologue in which he had urged his machete-bearing loyalists to take to the streets to fight, Suarez said: ‘It’s all about subtlety.’ As for Qaddafi’s warning he would ‘fight to the last drop of [his] blood’, Suarez said: ‘Exactly. The basic rule about subtlety is: you don’t need it.’

The South American speech writer – raised in Managuay, the continent’s last military dictatorship and one of Libya’s few allies – believes today’s events will mark, as he puts it, a ‘new relaxation’. Suarez: ‘The Colonel said: “I will die a martyr”, and I expect that to be like a wake up call. Insurgents will go, like, hold on, this guy seriously cares about his country and his people.’

Alfonso Suarez ended the conversation saying he likes dogs and he is a real Simpsons fan.

‘Mubarak to become president of Bolivia’

MATAQUINTOS – Hosni Mubarak, the former dictator of Egypt, is to become president of Bolivia. He is offered the job by the military government of Managuay, Bolivia’s neighbour.

The Managuayan Minister of Foreign Affairs, general Arnoldo Pelotón, stated tonight: ‘We would love to see Mr. Mubarak lead Bolivia according to his own favourite vision of a country: poor, dumb and unproductive.’ Pelotón stressed that he was aware of the fact that Bolivia is a democracy and already has a president. ‘But Mr. Mubarak has known how to deal with elements he doesn’t like for at least twenty-nine years.’

Managuay, South America’s last military dictatorship, traditionally regards Bolivia as its archrival. The relationship between the junta and Bolivia’s current president, Evo Morales, severely cooled when the latter was invited for a waterboarding master class but failed to show up.