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Senate passes placebo coverage for seniors

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WASHINGTON – In a landmark vote, the U.S. Senate today approved a bill to provide universal placebo coverage for an estimated 34 million Americans over the age of 65.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) hailed the passage as a positive development even as Congress struggles to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

“This bill would provide placebos for seniors in the shape and color of their favorite prescription medication,” said Senator Reid. “It also allows for fun flavors like apple-banana, cherry pie and kiwi strawberry.”

The vote comes after a week of intense floor debate in which opponents of the bill argued placebo coverage should remain in the hands of private sector placebo firms.

“This is socialized placebo care. Josef Stalin would have loved it,” said Senator Brian Davis (I-IL). “The president can sign this bill over my pale, slightly pudgy body as I pretend to lie dead on a leather sofa.”

Written by ikeusa

February 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm