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Letter: Obama stars in new take on ‘A Christmas Carol’

Posted: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Editor’s note: The following letter was published in Friday’s Signal but attributed to the wrong author. With our apologies to both the actual author and the credited author, we offer the letter in its entirety below with the correct attribution.

Rumor has it that after the advent of Obamacare, a new movie version of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” has been in the works and is due out in 2014.

From what I have been told, the story is about the chief bureaucrat in charge of a panel that decides who gets major medical treatment and who is denied.

In a twist on the Dickens version, the character is tormented by the spirits of those he has denied care, past, present, and future.

He thus begins a quest for more money from taxpayers, so that he never needs to say “no” again.

But in the climax of the movie, during a bureaucratic panel meeting he leads, spirits are swirling around his mind.

There is tension in the panel chambers, too, as there are more cases to decide. But he and all in the panel know, just like in all the times before, all the care they can give has been spoken for.

With his spiritual torment immense, he decides he can take no more. He experiences what can only be described as a sun-soaked epiphany (aaahhhh!!!).

The spirits make him realize there is never enough money to care for all — and therefore individuals must be free to rise, or find their own demise. It is not right for him, nor his panel to decide.

Without the funding and unable to vote for more care, the lead character abruptly rises from his throne in the panel chambers and shouts what is sure to be a famous line: “Let these people be free — for there will be no more denial from me!”

Just like in the Dickens version, the lead character’s tortured soul gets the best of him; he winds up quitting his job as chief bureaucrat to begin a quest of educating people on ways to properly finance their own lives — so it is not up to a bureaucratic panel whether they live or die.

“A Twisted Carol” – coming to America in 2014.



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