April 7, 2014

Great Idea on Health Care!

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Steve House has just jumped into first place. In the polls, I think he is seventh or eighth -- have not looked today -- but this singularly awesome idea shows that he is the candidate for me.

I had the good fortune of meeting him at Liberty on the Rocks Flatirons (and you required another data point?) and knew he was from the Heath Care industry.

I had suggested, many moons ago on these pages, that I should open a clinic in Puerto Vallarta to hire mal-effected medical personnel and offer patients freedom from ObamaCare and the FDA within a short plane ride. This was at a height of violence in that area and it seemed ill advised.

House suggests the same could be done in sovereign nations on Indian reservations.

Patients wouldn't go to such facilities for a sore throat -- most Colorado residents live hours away from the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in the southwest corner of the state. But House said reservations everywhere might benefit from "medical tourism" involving some procedures that constitute a fast-growing industry overseas.

House said patients seeking care at the unregulated facilities would likely need to sign a liability waiver before seeking care. He plans to engage people with knowledge of Indian reservations business and protocols.

Genius! I considered a flippant line like "They could pick up some untaxed cigarettes and do a bit of gambling while they wait for lab results," but thought better of it. This is a serious and very good idea.


Health Care Posted by John Kranz at April 7, 2014 1:01 PM

Nice try. Thanks for playing 'We're from the government and we're here to help.' Better luck next time.

Posted by: johngalt at April 7, 2014 6:44 PM

The "sovereign nations on Indian reservations" don't fare any better down Constitution Avenue at the IRS, thus scuttling my personal idea for a "free-trade zone" on the Rez.

Posted by: johngalt at April 7, 2014 7:08 PM

The FDA considers Indian Reservations to be possessions of the United States...

I have no idea whether it's ever been tested in court, but I have a feeling that if the law actually said that reservations are possessions of the US for FDA purposes, the FDA would have said so explicitly instead of telling us what they consider them to be.

Posted by: AndyN at April 8, 2014 10:06 AM

That's all well and good AndyN, but I think our friend and gubernatorial candidate may as well advocate that Colorado establish a colony on the moon.

Posted by: johngalt at April 8, 2014 6:56 PM | What do you think? [4]