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UW Health investigates doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters
Madistan dot com ^ | 2-21-11 | DAVID WAHLBERG

Posted on 02/21/2011 12:30:03 PM PST by bigbob

UW Health is investigating doctors who wrote medical notes last weekend excusing protesters at the Capitol from work, and the Wisconsin Medical Society has criticized their actions.

“These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health,” UW Health said in a statement. “These charges are very serious.”

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW Medical Foundation, the university’s doctor group, are investigating.

“The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies and work rules,” the statement said.

“The investigation and any potential future action will follow the established procedures of the University of Wisconsin. Any future disciplinary action taken will be considered a personnel matter, and in accord with University of Wisconsin policies, will not be open to public discussion.”

The Wisconsin Medical Society, the state’s doctor group, said in a statement that it “does not condone these actions under any circumstances.”

“The physician-patient relationship is a cornerstone for providing high quality health care,” the medical society said. “Important elements of that relationship, such as conducting proper medical evaluations of patients, should not be taken lightly.”

The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has received information about the events, the medical society said.

Dr. Lou Sanner, a family medicine physician at UW Health, told the Associated Press he was one of the doctors involved. He said wrote notes for protesters who were suffering from stress.

“Some people think it’s a nod-and-wink thing, but it’s not,” he told the Associated Press.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: doctorfraud; fakeexcuses; lousanner; sicknotes; uwhealth; wisconsin; wisconsinleftyquacks; wisconsinshowdown
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DOCTORGATE continue to grow...

Contrary to cynics opinions, Wisconsin authorities are taking this issue seriously. I can't predict how it will come out - and neither can anyone else. But it is definitely not being swept under the carpet.

1 posted on 02/21/2011 12:30:10 PM PST by bigbob
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To: bigbob

I wouldn’t hold my breath, they’re all scumbag dhims.


2 posted on 02/21/2011 12:34:09 PM PST by mapmaker77
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To: bigbob

Good thing! They should investigate for medicaid and medicare fraud too. If they will lie about the sick notes they will lie about other things too.


3 posted on 02/21/2011 12:34:38 PM PST by tutstar
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To: bigbob
were suffering from stress.

Oh Brother! We all suffer from stress why don't he/they write all of us excuse notes and just let the whole system collapse because nobody's around to do any work. Let us become a 3rd world country like most overseas because people are out there protesting this that or the other.

4 posted on 02/21/2011 12:36:27 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spinless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: bigbob
It is so much fun to watch liberals learn that there are “rules” and ethics that certain professionals must obey.

Now if only liberal lawyers could be held to a cannon of ethics.......(/sarcasm).

5 posted on 02/21/2011 12:37:00 PM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: bigbob

Why do I have the funny feeling that the final report will say “the evidence was inconclusive”?


6 posted on 02/21/2011 12:37:38 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (If you're feeding at the public trough, then the public should decide what's on the menu)
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To: bigbob
a personnel matter, and in accord with University of Wisconsin policies, will not be open to public discussion.”

I disagree. This is just a way of sweeping it under the carpet and hiding behind privacy until the heats off.

If they're serious, then these "Doctors" should lose their licenses to practice like a lawyer would be disbarred.

But political correctness being what it is ...

7 posted on 02/21/2011 12:39:10 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spinless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: tutstar

Obamacare has already kicked in. He needs to resign now.


8 posted on 02/21/2011 12:40:13 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: bigbob

They will be held accountable for nothing. This is America 2011. Don’t hold your breath.


9 posted on 02/21/2011 12:40:13 PM PST by The Toll
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To: bigbob

Outsiders will have a good opportunity to judge the ethics and honesty of the Wisconsin Medical School.

I hope they get a passing grade.


10 posted on 02/21/2011 12:41:39 PM PST by NeilGus
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To: bigbob

I’d say a three-month suspension, and termination of employment, would be about right.


11 posted on 02/21/2011 12:41:55 PM PST by nina0113
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To: Mygirlsmom
"Why do I have the funny feeling that the final report will say “the evidence was inconclusive”?"

Probably because that is what you want to happen.

There is a large contingent of vocal libertarians on this who are deeply invested in GOP failure.

12 posted on 02/21/2011 12:42:05 PM PST by Redleg Duke (I DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA!)
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To: bigbob

The word on the street is that two of the lab coat clad women writing doctor notes were just actors. The notes they wrote are of no value if traced. the Doctor registration numbers were made up


13 posted on 02/21/2011 12:42:39 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bigbob
"ethics"

UW Health, don't use words dems don't understand.

Dr. Lou Sanner, a family medicine physician at UW Health, told the Associated Press he was one of the doctors involved. He said wrote notes for protesters who were suffering from stress.

So, Doc, why weren't they at home resting instead of traveling to the capitol? If they were stressed enough to be out of work, they should have been too stressed to go on the road. Do you typically prescribe "go on a road trip and attend a protest rally" to your stressed patients? I think I would have told them, go home and rest. Get a note from your regular doctor.

14 posted on 02/21/2011 12:43:38 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: bigbob
Dr. Lou Sanner, a family medicine physician at UW Health, told the Associated Press he was one of the doctors involved. He said wrote notes for protesters who were suffering from stress.

That sounds like a really lame attempt to cover up after being caught.

15 posted on 02/21/2011 12:44:10 PM PST by Liberty1970 (Thanking God for many blessings :-))
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To: Redleg Duke

Want it to happen? Are you kidding? But this is Madison....liberals. They see things that don’t exist and refuse to see what is right in front of their face.


16 posted on 02/21/2011 12:45:41 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (If you're feeding at the public trough, then the public should decide what's on the menu)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
We all suffer from stress why don't he/they write all of us excuse notes and just let the whole system collapse because nobody's around to do any work.

I imagine the people who are out of work because the unions are sucking up all the resources for themselves are stressed a lot more than these pansies are.

17 posted on 02/21/2011 12:46:00 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: bigbob

Imagine how this plays out when OweBama is in total control of ALL of America’s doctors. If this were 2012 he would just ORDER the doctors to ‘cover’ his Unionistas. This our last chance to real in the corrupt unions.


18 posted on 02/21/2011 12:51:54 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: bert
The word on the street is that two of the lab coat clad women writing doctor notes were just actors. The notes they wrote are of no value if traced. the Doctor registration numbers were made up
If so, the teachers who turn in those notes should be fired for committing fraud. Also, I suspect there are laws against impersonating a physician.
19 posted on 02/21/2011 12:53:47 PM PST by Johnny B.
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To: bigbob

They could def lose their jobs. I cant imagine risking one’s career for this.


20 posted on 02/21/2011 12:54:50 PM PST by IH8DEMS (.)
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To: bigbob

I would hope that somebody would behave like a reasoned mature adult.
The teachers complain that they cannot discipline a classroom. Discipline comes from enforcing the rules.

Reminds me of that commercial on drugs...

“I learned it by watching you. O.K.?”


21 posted on 02/21/2011 12:55:10 PM PST by griswold3
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To: bigbob

If you are appalled about doctors signing fake doctor slips to teachers who are ILLEGALLY protesting, please call the Wisconsin Medical Society and express your concerns.

Wisconsin Medical Society
330 E. Lakeside Street
PO Box 1109
Madison, WI 53701-1109
Main Phone: 866.442.3800 (toll-free)
Main Fax: 608.442.3802

http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/about

Also, did you know OUR State Capital is filled with union thugs and other leftist groups that are NOT Wisconsin citizens? These people are vandalizing OUR State buildings. They have plastered offensive signs everywhere that include awful sexual innuendos, promote violence, even threats to kill our Governor. There is garbage everywhere. They used markers in the bathrooms on the stall walls and doors. People are sleeping in the Capital. And, they are banging on drums in and outside the building attempting to disrupt and stop our legislatures from working. Guess who will have to pay for the cleanup once they leave? Wisconsin tax payers!!

If you are not happy with the situation, then I encourage you to contact the Capital police and lodge a complaint.

Capital Police: 608-266-8797

http://www.doa.state.wi.us/index.asp?locid=163


22 posted on 02/21/2011 12:56:00 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (DEFUND NPR, PBS, THE TSA AND THE U.N.)
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To: Liberty1970

These doctors will not make house calls even for the very ill but they will pursue healthy people out on the street if they happen to agree with their politics. Unethical abuse of power. I think we all have the core belief that most doctors are, and should be, held to a higher ethical standard. They do after all hold lives in their hands. I think these “doctors” lowered the bar.


23 posted on 02/21/2011 12:56:19 PM PST by kelly4c
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To: bigbob

I hope someone is pursuing this with the malpractice insurance companies involved. Even if these doctors keep their licenses, if they can’t get insurance due to their fraud, they won’t be able to practice anywhere.


24 posted on 02/21/2011 12:56:37 PM PST by Johnny B.
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To: bigbob

Stress??? What a joke! What about the stress for parents and business owners all over the state that has been caused by these idiots deciding they are not going to work for the last week?

The good news is that Sen. (DR.) Pam Galloway (R) is NOT going to let this get swept under the rug. AND, I’m sure there have been notes written across the state - NOT just from docs in the UW system.


25 posted on 02/21/2011 12:57:50 PM PST by LibertyRocks (Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: LibertyRocks

If a doctor wrote me an excuse for every time I was under stress there would not be any trees left in the forest.

These people make me sick.(Could I get a medical excuse for that?)


26 posted on 02/21/2011 1:03:09 PM PST by Mears
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To: Mygirlsmom
I know Madison very well. I graduated from Madison East, source of those incredibly stupid students whose interview, Rush broadcast last week.

I know Madison very well. From a kneeling position in an old H-19 helicopter during May 1970 when the liberals and their nitwit followers tried to burn my campus and city to the ground. When they started trash fires at intersections, called the fire department, and then tried to firebomb the trucks that responded.

I know Madison, very well.

27 posted on 02/21/2011 1:04:03 PM PST by Redleg Duke (I DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA!)
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To: NeilGus

Please don’t judge the entire UW Medical System/School based on the actions of a few unethical people. It is a WORLD-CLASS hospital — one that saved my mother’s life, and many others... As most people know, there are always a few bad apples in every group. Say what you will about UW-Madison (the majority of Wisconsinites will agree), but the Medical School is STILL very good...


28 posted on 02/21/2011 1:05:18 PM PST by LibertyRocks (Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: bigbob

So what will they do about Andrew B. and the FOX News producer who both got notes. Neither of them looked/acted stressed and both were encouraged to take extra days off to return to Madison this week.

This is just more socialist BS.


29 posted on 02/21/2011 1:06:08 PM PST by MotherRedDog
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To: Mygirlsmom
By the way, you might not believe this, but back in the late 50s, Madison, Wisconsin was written up in LIFE magazine as the best city to live in in the entire USA!

Of course, that was before the liberals from the UW infiltrated the city government and imported large numbers of unemployed African-American families to load the welfare office.

30 posted on 02/21/2011 1:07:19 PM PST by Redleg Duke (I DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA!)
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To: bert

Hmmm....so a couple of fake Tea-Party guys could just show up and hand out the fake notes? Then a couple of other guys could show up and pretend to be union leaders but talk about fairy-dust and Bigfoot to everybody as well? I see this as a wide-open door with alot of implications for those naive teachers. They could doped by hundreds of Tea Party folks...and never realize it.


31 posted on 02/21/2011 1:08:13 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: IH8DEMS

“The investigation and any potential future action will follow the established procedures of the University of Wisconsin. Any future disciplinary action taken will be considered a personnel matter, and in accord with University of Wisconsin policies, will not be open to public discussion.”

That says it all, behind closed doors in the dark of night.

If they are willing to hide something that was seen my a vast number of people and not considered a health risk, what happens to someting that is a medical mistake and poses a health risk.

Guess we’ll never know.


32 posted on 02/21/2011 1:09:48 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Johnny B.
You won't see even one of those phony sick notes turned in. The heat is on and they'll all magically disappear.

The doctors involved in the scam are now getting first hand experience about what stress is.

33 posted on 02/21/2011 1:14:29 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: bigbob

UW Health and UW Madison Medical need to do the right thing for the collective existence of the university, because of a few self seeking and self serving individuals the university health sysytem and the university’s medical school must close their doors while the investigation is going. the infarcations are illegal, fraudulent and against approproriate medical ethics. Until the appropriate agencies can properly investigate the entire UW Health System and UNiversity of Wisconsin mad Medical school should be closed. Look at the savings the State of Wisconsin can achieve millions of dollars, and yes no unemployment benefits have to be paid becuase the wrongful actions of some have taken the actions of others to immediately resolve the issue in a timely manner that will cause for the restrictions upon medical personnel whom ever attempt this stupidity. You do the crime you must do the time.


34 posted on 02/21/2011 1:15:45 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

RE: were suffering from stress.

LOL, after 13 months in Iraq, I could tell these teachers a little bit about stress :-)


35 posted on 02/21/2011 1:17:24 PM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: bigbob
People suffering from stress should not be out in public doing the unions business they should be home resting.
36 posted on 02/21/2011 1:19:37 PM PST by linn37 ( "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: bigbob

Bfl.


37 posted on 02/21/2011 1:20:02 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: bigbob
will not be open to public discussion

Maybe not from them but we aren't going to let them forget it even if they try to sweep it under the rug.

38 posted on 02/21/2011 1:20:53 PM PST by kcvl
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To: bigbob

UW Health and UW Madison Medical need to do the right thing for the collective existence of the university, because of a few self seeking and self serving individuals the university health sysytem and the university’s medical school must close their doors while the investigation is going. the infarcations are illegal, fraudulent and against approproriate medical ethics. Until the appropriate agencies can properly investigate the entire UW Health System and UNiversity of Wisconsin mad Medical school should be closed. Look at the savings the State of Wisconsin can achieve millions of dollars, and yes no unemployment benefits have to be paid becuase the wrongful actions of some have taken the actions of others to immediately resolve the issue in a timely manner that will cause for the restrictions upon medical personnel whom ever attempt this stupidity. You do the crime you must do the time.


39 posted on 02/21/2011 1:20:53 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: bigbob

UW Health and UW Madison Medical need to do the right thing for the collective existence of the university, because of a few self seeking and self serving individuals the university health sysytem and the university’s medical school must close their doors while the investigation is going. the infarcations are illegal, fraudulent and against approproriate medical ethics. Until the appropriate agencies can properly investigate the entire UW Health System and UNiversity of Wisconsin mad Medical school should be closed. Look at the savings the State of Wisconsin can achieve millions of dollars, and yes no unemployment benefits have to be paid becuase the wrongful actions of some have taken the actions of others to immediately resolve the issue in a timely manner that will cause for the restrictions upon medical personnel whom ever attempt this stupidity. You do the crime you must do the time.


40 posted on 02/21/2011 1:21:00 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: bert
The notes they wrote are of no value if traced. the Doctor registration numbers were made up.

Not the ones we listed because we looked up their license number.

41 posted on 02/21/2011 1:22:21 PM PST by kcvl
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To: chiefqc; All

I think some are missing a BIG part of the equation here...

This specific statement ONLY applies to those who work for UW. And, according to their contracts/laws there are specific actions that will take place against these doctors. Saying something is not up for public discussion does NOT necessarily mean that nothing will happen. Just that public opinion will NOT change the disciplinary rules already in place.

Also what happens to these people theough the UW system does NOT overrule whatever actions the LICENSING BOARD may take — not to mention possible criminal charges.

At least that is how I interpret these statements... People here are VERY upset - and those who are upset are not JUST Republicans and Conservatives! These antics are impacting every sector in our state. They are digging their own graves


42 posted on 02/21/2011 1:22:36 PM PST by LibertyRocks (Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: bigbob

is anyone else have their postings take forever to post and when trying to exit, you get multiple postings instead, these problem is occurring quite frequently?


43 posted on 02/21/2011 1:24:00 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: bigbob

What this means is that a document signed by a WI physician in their official capacity has no value whatsoever. It also means that the WI medical licensing authority is OK with false official statements by people operating under authority of the licenses that they grant.

When, and if, these physicians have their licenses permanently revoked, I will alter my opinion about the worth and value of a medical license granted by the State of Wisconsin.


44 posted on 02/21/2011 1:24:49 PM PST by surely_you_jest
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To: bigbob

Find out who from the UW system participated in perpetrating this fraud upon the state’s taxpayers, what their salary and benefits packages total, and then de-fund the UW system by that amount.


45 posted on 02/21/2011 1:31:11 PM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: bigbob

46 posted on 02/21/2011 1:32:50 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: bigbob

47 posted on 02/21/2011 1:42:49 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: bigbob
Contrary to cynics opinions, Wisconsin authorities are taking this issue seriously.

Except that it's hard to reconcile that with this statement, at least with regard to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW Medical Foundation:

Any future disciplinary action taken will be considered a personnel matter, and in accord with University of Wisconsin policies, will not be open to public discussion.”

The term "double secret probation" comes to mind...

48 posted on 02/21/2011 1:45:03 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: bigbob

In addition to potential criminal problems like conspiracy to commit fraud against the government, etc, and numerous medical ethics problems; they also appear to have, at minimum, violated some serious patient privacy concerns....


49 posted on 02/21/2011 1:51:00 PM PST by Mechanicos
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To: bigbob

This is big no two ways about it. Imagine what some one could do to them in court if they felt one of these Drs treated them unkindly, some kind of malpractice, all you would have to say in court was we already know you lie.
Also I wonder if one of them would mind sending me a pass for work as I am sort of gassy today and while they are at it I would like a script for some zannies and perks.


50 posted on 02/21/2011 1:51:43 PM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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