Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
Last month, over 1000 people stood in the rain for hours at Cedarburg High School, waiting for the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine. The long, slow-moving line was reminiscent of scenes from the 1973 Charlton Heston movie Soylent Green and was thebeginning of what is expected to be the largest mass vaccination in decades. Alongside the huddled masses walked Cedarburg resident Mike O’Keefe holding a large plywood sign which read, “Welcome To Government Health Care.” Clearly, Mike O’Keefe gets it. He realizes that a national health care overhaul will lead to more long lines like those at Cedarburg High School.
In July the federal government said they’d have 120 million doses of the vaccine by October, but only 27 million doses were available. If a private company ran a vaccination operation this poorly – whether underestimating the number of flu shots needed, an inability to deliver the appropriate number of vaccines, or simply requiring people to stand in the rain for three hours – the person responsible would be fired. As of Tuesday, only 407,000 doses of the vaccine had been allocated for Wisconsin, a state of 5.6 million people, according to state health officials. If government-run health care ever slips through the cracks, this sort of debacle will become commonplace and even more tragic. Waiting hours for a vaccine is one thing – waiting months for life-saving treatment is quite another.