GOP state rep.: "I know someone in the medical field who has been paid with vegetables"

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By GottaLaff

Chicken Sue of Barter, Inc.,has a soul mate! Lucky her. Now maybe she won't feel so alone. Wackiness loves company, after all.

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....

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  • Blondetwit

    I'm a doctor. I'd rather have a goose for that procedure. Who's got a goose? Four chickens aren't a goose. Let's have a goose....there we go, the man over there's got a goose. Do I have two? Do we have two geese for this procedure? Oh, come on, surely we've got two geese for this?
    No, sir, I cannot wait for your goslings to grow, we need your bid of two, full grown geese to get this procedure completed before your time expires.

  • Toby Thain

    @ Lynne What are we a third world country? // yes. you just got there a bit later than the rest of us.

  • Lynne

    What are we a third world country? I can't believe they're even having this conversation.