Sue Lowden, a former Nevada GOP chair seeking to run against Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, has a great idea for an alternative health care policy that’s sure to be a winner with the people of Nevada:
Encourage people to save as much money as they can in tax-free health savings accounts — the number she mentioned was $20,000 — and to barter with their doctors.
That’s right! Barter with your doctors! That way, if you have a hefty medical bill, or you need a costly procedure that you can’t afford, you can offer them your car. Or if it’s really steep, your house…..oh wait, that wouldn’t work if you live in the burbs where all the houses are abandoned and under foreclosure. Well, I’m sure you have plenty of other resources.
Here’s a short list of the cost of three medical procedures in Nevada from a very informal search I did. It comes from something called “Nevada Compare Care” which boasts of being “Nevadans’ Source for Transparency in Health Care” and it lists these few procedures and their costs as of 2008. You do the math!
From Nevada Compare Care:
A coronary artery bypass averages from $132,702 – 493,936
To deliver a baby? The average cost: $15,070
Average charge for renal failure? $38,785
Of course the bad news here is that probably doesn’t cover hospital stays and all the other fees thrown in, but hey, who really need anesthesia anyway, huh? Man up!
Now, far be it from me to suggest she’s the “Jonathan Swift” candidate in Nevada. I’m certainly not from Nevada. What do I know about politics out there? I’m from Florida after all. We would never DREAM of trading our children for food, or medical procedures! Puh…lease! No, our senior citizens do that! (We’re looking for a “No unsupervised visits with grandparents” candidate down here at the moment, so if you know of anyone, call us?)
Don’t worry, I’m sure it won’t be so bad that you’ll have to resort to selling children. You just might have to shop around a little for doctors. Someone along the lines of, say Theodoric of York maybe?