Fish out of water

Maybe school playground equipment will make a comeback with ObamaCare

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Whenever I hear about parents suing the school district or the city because a child was injured while playing on school or other city property, I think back to my childhood. One day my best friend and I were playing on the monkey bars (smile if you know what monkey bars are) at school and he fell. Suffered a concussion and spent a couple of days in the hospital. No one sued anyone.

As health insurance costs continued to skyrocket annually for the past several decades, I suspect more and more families chose to do without such insurance. Thus, when an accident occurred, there were significant costs involved, and in the eyes of the family, “Someone has to pay!”

Unfortunately, tort reform was not part of the Affordable Care Act. Personally, I think tort reform would have solved 90% of the problems related to health insurance. That would have meant putting the tort industry under the microscope and possibly doing away with most of it.

School grounds here in San Diego don’t have monkey bars…. nor teeter totters…. nor merry-go-rounds…. nor jungle gyms…. However, there are some interesting playgrounds on city property, playgrounds which have to have some interesting liability associated with them. Such as this one at the beach:

City playground

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The walkways all around that playground have trip hazards embedded in them:

Trip hazard

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Trip hazard

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The trip hazards are cute, but they still are trip hazards. I even tripped over one that I didn’t see, and when you’re busy looking at the beach and the ocean, it’s real easy to miss one of these little trip hazard shells.

In one of the sand boxes was this fish out of water:

Fish out of water

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That fish out of water is made out of bronze and is just the right size for a young child to go climb on it. Unfortunately, outdoor metal in San Diego often gets quite hot in our many days of sunshine. When I touched the fish, it was, indeed, quite hot. No signs warning parents or children that it could be hot, though.

Maybe the City has special liability coverage for beach playgrounds that is not available for school playgrounds.

Maybe with the Affordable Care Act helping so many millions of people, playground equipment will return to our schools….

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14 thoughts on “Maybe school playground equipment will make a comeback with ObamaCare

  1. Pat

    I’m smiling because I remember monkey bars – great fun and I built upper body strength as a child. It really ticks me off that parents expect their children to live in a perfectly safe environment. I have great memories of doing things that would have scared the bejeebies out of my parents – but I learned a lot about myself and my place in the world. I hope you are right – but we really do need tort reform to lower the cost of providing health care.

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  2. laurie27wsmith

    The do-gooders, bleeding hearts and followers of O.H & S won’t be happy until the general population is wrapped tightly in cotton wool, hung from a rack in a hermetically sealed room and fed on pap. Where will our next generation of adventurers, free thinkers and explorers come from if they aren’t allowed to live life? Rant over. Great post Russel.

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  3. themysterymeat

    We had one of those springy things and monkey bars right in our back yard when I was a kid. We all played on them, got hurt but never imagined suing the apartment owners for damages. We brushed it off and went back at it the next day. There were some great adventures on those monkey bars and I’m glad we had them.

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  4. bgbowers

    I love this idea of camping out. I’ve just written a post about how difficult it can be to juggle your blogging tasks. I think I’m more like a camper too. When I visit, I tend to stay a whole & take a good look around.:)

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