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Healthcare row gets physical?

Mark Mardell | 15:51 UK time, Thursday, 3 September 2009

We are used to terms like "Nazi" being bandied around in the health debate at overheated town hall meetings.

But a new way of persuading opponents has just emerged - biting off their finger.

It reportedly happened in California and the man took his detached little finger to a local hospital to be sewed back on.

I don't yet know how he fares. But as we in the media are always on the look-out for real-life case studies to illustrate political debates, this seems ideal.

Did he have insurance and did it cover Severed Pinkie Syndrome?

As he was 65, was he covered by a government-run, taxpayer-funded scheme?

And can any Americans out there explain why this debate has got quite so heated?

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