Melinda woke up at 6:00 am realizing that her water had broke. Quickly she woke up her partner Gladys who was sleeping next to her in order to drive her to the hospital. Melinda and Gladys had recently been married after the state had passed the gay marriage law. Melinda and Gladys had decided to get pregnant in celebration of their marriage. Glady’s gay Brother had been kind enough to contribute some of his semen in order that Melinda could be artificially inseminated once the state fertility center had given Glady’s brother’s semen its government certification stamp. Fortunately, the provision in their state-run health care insurance paid for the fertilization procedure as well as for the costs of having baby Hillary.
Gladys had just dozed off after getting home from working the late shift as a data organizer for ACORN. Melinda was thankful that the timing of her water breaking was such that she could drop off her 4-year-old Eddie at his school for the early school program. Melinda briefly wondered if she would have time to fix Eddie’s breakfast until she remembered that Eddie could get the state-provided breakfast and lunch at the government school.
So, within 15 minutes of her water breaking Gladys, Melinda, and Eddie were out of the door of their house – a house recently purchased with the help of both the Government-owned Freddie Mac and one of the area’s Government banks. Melinda slid into the passenger side of their sleek new government motors hybrid “Medusa.” The state-run hospital was five miles away, with the state-run school being a mere two blocks away from the state-run hospital. So, the three of them went from their state-owned house mortgaged by state-run financial institutions, to the state manufactured car, to the state-run school, to the state-run hospital all in a matter of 20 minutes.
Once in the doors of the hospital, the state employee hospitals informed Melinda that there was at least a 95-minute wait for the labor room and that instead, they were going to have one of the state internee doctors deliver the baby in the emergency room – which they hoped would be available sometime soon. While Melinda was being informed of this Gladys was being reminded that according to the state hospital records that Eddie had not been brought in for the state-required vaccinations. Gladys was told that if she didn’t see to it that Eddie came in soon there would be both a fine and a government medical worker coming to the home to visit.
Finally, all the red tape was finished and Melinda was wheeled into the emergency room while Gladys took a detour in order to purchase one of the state-run media newspapers.
45 minutes later Melinda gave birth to a baby girl. Upon birth, the baby girl (Hillary) was put through government-mandated measurements and assessments. After baby Cher was determined to be worthy of life by the state, the state hospital assigned a government care worker to Melinda and Gladys in order to make periodic checkups and provide “counsel” as to how to raise baby Cher. This “benefit” of a government care worker coming into the homes of parents with newborns was part of Gladys and Melinda’s health care insurance.