California's Democrat governor, Gavin Newsom, just got absolutely ripped to shreds after saying one of the most eye-popping statements of the year. Newsom said on Twitter, "Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin or antibiotics" and that's when the comment section went wild.
But wait. There's more.
Newsom wasn't done yet. He had a few more posts in him before hitting his final form and seeing the true wrath of the Internet.
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Newsom followed up with:
We need to start targeting social determinants of health. We need to start treating brain health like we do physical health. What’s more fundamental to a person’s well being than a roof over their head?
And after that, he said:
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10 million Californians—1 in 4—suffer from some type of behavioral health condition. It’s not a narrow issue. It’s not a new issue. Physical health and brain health are inextricably linked. And our healthcare system has been designed to treat only one of those.
And here's the kicker - the "let me be clear" type of statement that only the most super serious folks on the world ever say (yeah you, Obama)...
Let’s be clear: Massive failures in our mental health system and disinvestment in our social safety net—exacerbated by widening income inequality and our housing shortage— has led us to where we are today: too many Californians left to live on our streets.
OK but listen up Gavin, you can't tell a doctor to do a realtor or landlord's job. That's not what doctors spend all those years in medical school for.
What's next, you want to give doctors weapons so they can guard the surgical center too? How about the doctor files my taxes and changes my oil while they're at it? Actually, they already change your oil when you hit 50, but we don't need to talk about that.
And you know what, next time I want my rent lowered, I'm gonna call the proctologist. You know why? Because if I have to go there and take it in the end, I may as well ask for lower rent - and if they say no, well who cares, I'm getting it where the sun doesn't shine anyway.
Did Newsom ever think that maybe the people who are hired to do certain jobs should just be allowed to focus on those certain jobs so they can do the best job possible?
And maybe a doctor shouldn't be tasked with any issues surrounding housing. You know what a doctor can do? They can refer the patient to someone who does social work and the social worker can take over from there.
You see how that works, Newsom? Everyone does the job they are hired to do - including you, and I think people in California want their streets cleaned, straws back, and homeless getting help - but don't ask the doctors to do all that.
And now here's the fun part!
The comments Newsom received were hilarious, especially the one I posted (cough, follow me, cough).