Reprinted with permission from CAIVN:
Okay, so the recent Tim Burton blockbuster featuring Johnny Depp may not have had much at all to do with health care reform, and certainly Lewis Carroll didn't have health care reform on his mind when he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the original novel upon which the Burton film was based. But the strikingly odd story bears some remarkable parallels to our present system of health care.
Wonderland, you see, is a perfectly nonsensical world. Nothing is logical there, and while it may be very entertaining to enjoy on a big screen or from the comfort of your couch, I doubt very many people would elect to live in such a strange and terrifying world. Nothing in Wonderland is what it seems, so it's impossible even for a rational person to behave rationally, because they cannot know what to expect. The strange and terrifying world of health care is no different.