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For Wisconsin docs, fake sick notes mean real trouble

During the recent unpleasantness in Madison, Wisconsin, we were treated to the ugly spectacle of public school teachers behaving like demented thugs in public. Even worse, they did so while they were supposed to be working. To help these teachers bilk the taxpayers so they could yell and scream about not bilking the taxpayers enough, several doctors from the local med school handed out fake sick notes.

If that sounds unethical to you, their superiors agree. According to the Wisconsin State Journal:

UW Health doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters at the Capitol in February face penalties up to a loss of pay and leadership positions, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said Tuesday.

The medical school reviewed 22 UW Health doctors said to have been involved in writing medical excuses for protesters attending rallies over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals, according to a medical school statement.

“Several” of the doctors were found not to have participated, and among those who were involved “the nature and extent of involvement varied widely,” the statement said.

“Personnel action will be based on the specific nature of the offense and the level of the physician’s involvement,” the statement said. “The consequences range from written reprimand to loss of pay and leadership position.”

This is bad news not only for these doctors, but for their defenders, such as Karoli at never-more-aptly-named Crooks & Liars:

Being “Breitbarted” is very bad, of course. If Breitbart says something, that means it didn’t really happen. I’m sure that’s a great comfort to these doctors.

By the way, you know how Scott Walker is THE BIGGEST NAZI EVER for taking away teachers’ collective bargaining “rights”? Well, check out this news from the Massachusetts House of Representatives in today’s Boston Globe:

House votes to restrict unions

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

Wow, 111 Hitlers. The protesters are gonna need a lot more Magic Markers to draw all those mustaches. Ha ha, just kidding. Can’t you read? The lawmakers are Democrats.

(Hat tip: Hot Air)

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  • 13times

    This will in no way hinder patients seeking medical marijuana prescriptions or the availability of cannabis and cannabis related products.


  • rlynh

    If I were a responsible doctor/academician, thoroughly invested and serious about my profession, I would take this as an opportunity to rid the profession of a certain accumulated cadre of nutballs. But that’s just me.

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  • Sean M.

    Isn’t Obama constantly nattering on about how we could save money on health care by tackling “waste, fraud, and abuse”?

    • redla

      Good point. When you said, “waste, fraud and abuse” these folks pretty much raised their hands.
      Now they’d better watch out, here comes academic discipline!

  • truebearing

    Knowing Madison like I do, the doctors will probably get docked some demerol and have to relinquish their parking spaces for a week, or two. The punishment isn’t for writing the fraudulent notes, it’s for getting “Breitbarted” right in front of everyone.

    The mere mention of Breitbart will soon have irwinhandlesmen over here, pecking out his juvenile homo-romance innuendos. It seems to be the genre best suited to his talents and life experience.

    Betrayal of unions in Boston? What’s next, common sense in California? OK, that was too far. Some things are truly impossible.

    If the unions in Mass are looking for a sympathetic judge to install in a high judicial position, we have a failed Supreme Court candidate in Wisconsin that is pre-paid for and ready to serve the left. She looks like a cross between the Wicked Witch of the West and a possum, but she comes cheap and is willing to subvert elections or imprison people for having long piers.

  • cfarer

    Judging from that subtle, nuanced press release, I would say nothing is going to happen to the doctors. This was just an attempt to appease the critics.

  • zelda

    Democrats? Democrats? Did I read that right? Democrats?