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2010-08-03 03:24:11 PM
purdy
 
2010-08-03 03:24:26 PM
Rural VA is apparently the UK of the Mid-Atlantic.
 
2010-08-03 03:25:14 PM
Squeal like a pig boy! SQUEAL!
 
2010-08-03 03:26:32 PM
Didn't rural Virginia ban the plural use of tooth? Outdoor plumbing begets outdoor dental care?
 
2010-08-03 03:27:08 PM
I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer
 
2010-08-03 03:27:58 PM
snltranscripts.jt.org
 
2010-08-03 03:28:20 PM
But if they were illegals, they'd have free dental anyway.

/waaamp wahhhh
 
2010-08-03 03:30:51 PM
You got a purdy mouth.
 
2010-08-03 03:31:01 PM
amazing_live_seamonkeys: Rural VA is apparently the UK of the Mid-Atlantic.

The Big Book of British Bristol Smiles
 
2010-08-03 03:32:05 PM
As a working person who has not been able to afford a dentist in over ten years, I can say I'd camp out for free dental work. Purdy teeth? I don't care. Healthy teeth? Yes, please.
 
2010-08-03 03:32:12 PM
Tax Boy: I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer


These people just need to pull themselves up by the toothstraps.
 
2010-08-03 03:32:56 PM
"Popular free dental clinic in rural Virginia promises residents real purty tooth"

ftfy.. jeez... come on people.
 
2010-08-03 03:34:25 PM
"Each tooth has a story," said dentist Terry Dickinson quietly.

www.molar.unibe.ch

COOL STORY, MO
 
2010-08-03 03:34:32 PM
They also do eye exams at Wise, too.
 
2010-08-03 03:35:09 PM
How do you know the toothbrush was invented in Virginia?

Because if it was invented anywhere else it would have been a teethbrush.
 
2010-08-03 03:35:28 PM
I believe the proper pronunciation is 'toof'.
 
2010-08-03 03:36:43 PM
Tax Boy: I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer


I'm paying $500 a month as a single, young, healthy person for health benefits (health and dental, no prescription) while I work on getting a full time job (just graduated, went from part time work in school to part time work out of school, etc).

I'm trying to get approved for something BCBS cooked up which provides less health benefits than an HMO, but also dental care and prescription coverage, for only about $200 a month.

but I also know i'm going to move into a better job- I can't imagine working at low wages and consistently paying that much money towards a health plan.
 
2010-08-03 03:36:57 PM
My oldest sibling, an oral surgeon in Wash DC, told me some scary stories of having patients come from the rural parts of Virginia & West Virginia to get dental work done. It was common for the patient to request that ALL their teeth be extracted - yes, even the healthy ones, cause "That's the way my Daddy had it done, so I might as well git 'er done too!".

So, instead of simply taking the time to brush & clean their teeth each day they simply prefer to have them all yanked and get a cheapo set of dentures... no more dentist visits!

Yeah, yeah, I know - I shouldn't be looking down on the poor white trash cause they don't have the same access to edumacation and basic health care that I was blessed with, but Jeebus...

*sigh
 
2010-08-03 03:37:35 PM
Nice to see something like this.
 
2010-08-03 03:40:42 PM
As a low-income grad student with a free dental exam on Thursday (found a clinic that gives a free first exam), I'm wondering what it's going to cost me if/when they find a cavity. I know I have one... I can feel it. I'm sick with anxiety about it.

As grad research assistants, we have health insurance (limited, but we have it) but no dental. Considering I'll be a grad student for at least another three years, I guess I just have to deal with it and find some other way to pinch pennies.
 
2010-08-03 03:41:33 PM
Katie98_KT: Tax Boy: I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer

I'm paying $500 a month as a single, young, healthy person for health benefits (health and dental, no prescription) while I work on getting a full time job (just graduated, went from part time work in school to part time work out of school, etc).

I'm trying to get approved for something BCBS cooked up which provides less health benefits than an HMO, but also dental care and prescription coverage, for only about $200 a month.

but I also know i'm going to move into a better job- I can't imagine working at low wages and consistently paying that much money towards a health plan.


Unless you're too old (>26), as a recent graduate, you can be put on your parents' health insurance thanks to Obamacare.
 
2010-08-03 03:42:11 PM
It must really suck for them when the dentist says they need fillings in both their teeth...
 
2010-08-03 03:44:23 PM
Tax Boy: Unless you're too old (>26), as a recent graduate, you can be put on your parents' health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

starts next year or later. and my parents health insurance currently requires me to be a student.
 
2010-08-03 03:45:39 PM
Tax Boy: Unless you're too old (>26), as a recent graduate, you can be put on your parents' health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

oh, and they have to claim me as a dependent on taxes.Link (new window)
 
2010-08-03 03:45:48 PM
Free? That's socialism! You let 'em fix your teeth for free and before you know it, Obama will be busing Chinese communists and homosexuals into your neighborhoods to kill your fuzzy little puppies!
 
2010-08-03 03:46:25 PM
"The kids have got Medicaid, but no one will see us," Lucinda Honaker said. The family lives on about $800 a month. So dental problems steadily progress, causing infection, pain and difficulties with speaking and eating. Ultimately the only answer is extraction, but it can be an imperfect solution.

Charles Honaker had his infected teeth pulled two years ago at a RAM event, but he is still on a long waiting list for free dentures. With the help of the family vegetable garden, he is trying to eat right to keep his diabetes under control.

But without teeth he finds it hard.

"For the stuff I've got to eat, I need teeth," he said. In the meantime, he just cuts his food into tiny bits and swallows the small pieces whole.


These people are not even the poorest of the poor.

And for once, as a Canadian, I've got shiat all to brag about - Medicare here doesn't cover dentistry either, even in our richest province. And it's not any easier here to get a decent job with a mouth full of bad teeth.
 
2010-08-03 03:48:53 PM
Field hospitals. Jesus Christ.

But we can't have universal health care. That's socialism. And we have to keep the military-industrial complex supplied with fat orders for Lockheed F-27 towel-head killer jets which can't fly in the rain.
 
2010-08-03 03:49:12 PM
Katie98_KT: Tax Boy: Unless you're too old (>26), as a recent graduate, you can be put on your parents' health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

starts next year or later. and my parents health insurance currently requires me to be a student.


This provision is effective this September, so have your parents check with their insurance co.
 
2010-08-03 03:49:15 PM
lukepatrick: "Popular free dental clinic in rural Virginia promises residents real purty tooth"

ftfy.. jeez... come on people.


You know you are a redneck when you lie through your tooth
 
2010-08-03 03:49:25 PM
We get one of those clinics here in LA once a year, too. It was designed for rural places where access to care is limited, but you should see the turnout in LA -- people camp out sometimes days in advance. (I've thought about going to one, myself, as I haven't had health/dental in three years, but I found a nice doctor who is willing to give me a break on getting me back up to speed. But even with the discount, fixing cavities out of pocket ain't cheap.)
 
2010-08-03 03:50:12 PM
Alabama Hot Pocket: How do you know the toothbrush was invented in Virginia?

Because if it was invented anywhere else it would have been a teethbrush.


west virginians
 
2010-08-03 03:50:23 PM
approves
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2010-08-03 03:54:47 PM
Tax Boy: I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer


if they were not in a very rural setting they would have access to clinics.
 
2010-08-03 03:55:23 PM
My parents were dirt poor when I was a kid, I never went to the dentist. We couldn't afford it but couldn't qualify for free programs either. I went to my first dentist at 24 and I'm wearing braces now, which I am so happy about. I went through my entire child and young adulthood ashamed of my smile. Thankfully, I've never had a cavity as my parents forced good dental practices on us, but now I feel like I've finally made 'middle class'.

Still can't smile, don't know how to show teeth and not look dumb or creepy.
 
2010-08-03 03:55:51 PM
Tax Boy: Katie98_KT: Tax Boy: Unless you're too old (>26), as a recent graduate, you can be put on your parents' health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

starts next year or later. and my parents health insurance currently requires me to be a student.

This provision is effective this September, so have your parents check with their insurance co.


I know you're trying to be helpful, and thank you :) but I'm well aware of the provision, and for a number of reasons wayyy too complicated to explain here, that's not a good option for me. the simplest way to say it, is that the $500 a month I'm paying is actually cheaper than going back on my parents plan.
 
2010-08-03 03:57:07 PM
bextraordinary:
As a low-income grad student with a free dental exam on Thursday (found a clinic that gives a free first exam), I'm wondering what it's going to cost me if/when they find a cavity. I know I have one... I can feel it. I'm sick with anxiety about it.

It'd probably be a few hundred, if prices there are comparable to here. Not cheap, but nothing to give yourself an ulcer over. At least you're getting a checkup, that prevents little cavities from secretly becoming big ones. And yes I was a poor grad student myself once, I know the poverty well.
 
2010-08-03 03:57:41 PM
Tax Boy: I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer


You hate that someone has to rely on charity? What's so bad about charity? Where do you think the money for government-run healthcare programs comes from? I'll give you a clue: it came from the same place that charitable contributions come from, except it was taken forcibly.

Charity is great. It's more efficient, more effective, and it actually encourages people to give a flying flip about their neighbors and the community.

/DNRTFA
 
2010-08-03 03:58:41 PM
From the wide spread love of pills in Wise County, the "tooth, not teeth" jokes are actually pretty accurate.
 
2010-08-03 03:59:04 PM
NutWrench: Free? That's socialism! You let 'em fix your teeth for free and before you know it, Obama will be busing Chinese communists and homosexuals into your neighborhoods to kill your fuzzy little puppies!

Considering the clinic is privately funded it's far, far, far from socialism.
 
2010-08-03 04:01:11 PM
As an aside, I talk to folks from all over the United States as part of my job (I'm not a telemarketer, thanks). The most frighteningly hick accents are not from West Virginia, or Kentucky, but from good old southwest VA. Lovely people, but how does the word "scared" become "skeert?" How does "they're" become "theyah?"
 
2010-08-03 04:02:00 PM
Try finding a dental school to git yer teef worked on by students, for half the price of a real dentist.
 
2010-08-03 04:02:20 PM
wmoonfox: purdy

teef
 
2010-08-03 04:03:11 PM
nosferatublue: As an aside, I talk to folks from all over the United States as part of my job (I'm not a telemarketer, thanks). The most frighteningly hick accents are not from West Virginia, or Kentucky, but from good old southwest VA. Lovely people, but how does the word "scared" become "skeert?" How does "they're" become "theyah?"

Oddly enough, its one of the purer forms of English. The more hick it is, the more real it is.
 
2010-08-03 04:05:06 PM
nosferatublue: Tax Boy: I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer

You hate that someone has to rely on charity? What's so bad about charity? Where do you think the money for government-run healthcare programs comes from? I'll give you a clue: it came from the same place that charitable contributions come from, except it was taken forcibly.

Charity is great. It's more efficient, more effective, and it actually encourages people to give a flying flip about their neighbors and the community.

/DNRTFA


To add onto this, the only reason health care cost are so high is because of lobbying by the AMA (limiting # of doctors) and government intervention (medicaid, medicare etc).
 
2010-08-03 04:05:52 PM
Damn it subby the line is, "Ya gotcherself a real purdy mouth." not purty teeth.
 
2010-08-03 04:08:37 PM
No Such Agency: bextraordinary:
As a low-income grad student with a free dental exam on Thursday (found a clinic that gives a free first exam), I'm wondering what it's going to cost me if/when they find a cavity. I know I have one... I can feel it. I'm sick with anxiety about it.

It'd probably be a few hundred, if prices there are comparable to here. Not cheap, but nothing to give yourself an ulcer over. At least you're getting a checkup, that prevents little cavities from secretly becoming big ones. And yes I was a poor grad student myself once, I know the poverty well.


My last fillings, done about an hour outside of Toronto, cost between 140 and 180 depending on the depth and location of the cavity. Some dentists will also give you a break if you are a grad student or can prove you don't make much money.
 
2010-08-03 04:09:19 PM
Virginians as toothless hicks. Didn't they realize this would happen when they sued against Obamacare? Didn't they see what happened to Arizona's image?
 
2010-08-03 04:11:40 PM
bextraordinary: As a low-income grad student with a free dental exam on Thursday (found a clinic that gives a free first exam), I'm wondering what it's going to cost me if/when they find a cavity. I know I have one... I can feel it. I'm sick with anxiety about it.

As grad research assistants, we have health insurance (limited, but we have it) but no dental. Considering I'll be a grad student for at least another three years, I guess I just have to deal with it and find some other way to pinch pennies.


Are you sure your student health insurance doesn't have an optional dental plan? At many universities, especially those with an active graduate student union or comparable organization, dental, eye care, and extra prescription coverage are usually options on the student plans, and they're often quite affordable.

I just signed up for the dental coverage at my school, and one year only cost $300.

Trust me, your dental health is nothing to neglect. I have horrible teeth genetically, but haven't had significant work done in years because I take care of my teeth and see the dentist every six months like clockwork.
 
2010-08-03 04:12:54 PM
nosferatublue: Tax Boy: I just hate hate hate the fact that in a country as rich and awesome as the United States people have to rely on charity to get their basic health care needs met.

/Debbie Downer

You hate that someone has to rely on charity? What's so bad about charity? Where do you think the money for government-run healthcare programs comes from? I'll give you a clue: it came from the same place that charitable contributions come from, except it was taken forcibly.

Charity is great. It's more efficient, more effective, and it actually encourages people to give a flying flip about their neighbors and the community.

/DNRTFA


No no, rather than give to charities, we should all be drafted into some sort of Americorp. Or something.

FSM knows that charity is bad, but forcing people to give money is good.
 
2010-08-03 04:15:39 PM
As a matter of fact, Britain has the best teeth in the world.

Have fun camping out for your third-world tent hospitals!
 
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