Why have a public option when we could have a public Auction?

Watching the teabaggers shouting against what’s in everyone’s best interest got me thinking: rather than a low-cost public option, why don’t we have our health care services be put on public auction? Let the highest bidder pay the most for the services.

Blood test for cancer that you have a family history of? $2,230.50, please.

Sprained your wrist at work? $3,491.95, please.

Drastically overweight and want to see a doctor about getting yourself away from the edge? $8,192.00, please.

Can’t pay enough? Sorry, no service for you.

That’s what life will be like without a public option. I don’t know how he affords it, but self-employed folks like James Rowan have the shell out over $1,700 per month for insurance. That’s for “two premiums monthy – – along with high deductibles and co-pays.”

If you want to keep good lefties like Mr. Rowan paying huge sums each month, then so be it.

If you want to keep people such as myself from starting a business that offers coverager, so be it.

If you want to force my wife and I to take on an expensive group plan that leaves us at the behest of the industry, so be it.

If you want to find yourself up a long, dark river with rising waters and without a paddle, so be it. Just don’t come looking for help when you capsize. You have denied yourself that right.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.