Rep. Mike Bell (R-TN) and Democratic state Rep. Joe Towns were discussing a possible state law-- what else?-- nullifying the mandate included in the newly passed health care law.
The law that passed. Legally. The law of the land. That law.
Bell was going on about how some people do just fine without insurance, and have no problem paying with cash, even when hospitalized.
That would be some big hunk-o'-cash:
Towns: You're saying they pay cash? For organ transplants and cancer and heart cases, they pay cash?
Bell: I said they pay cash or work out other arrangements. I know for a fact. I know someone in the medical field who has been paid with vegetables from the Mennonite community.
Towns responded as we would have, that it's a little unrealistic to expect people to schlep bags of carrots and broccoli down to, say, the electric company in return for "juice" (Bad pun; bygones).
I, for one, brought a tomato to Macy's when they had a sale on socks. They insisted on turnips.
Oh, but I kid the mall.
But for the sake of argument...
Have either of these barter-happy nutballs figured out where places of business would store all the livestock (and the livestock's waste) and perishable edibles?
And why anyone would need, or want, 70 pounds of brussel sprouts instead of money?
And how would the doctors then pay their own bills, not to mention the additional costs of upkeep?
Those are some sharp political minds, speaking of vegetables....