Oregon Holds Health Insurance Lottery
Oregon is conducting a one-of-a-kind lottery, and the prize is health insurance.
The state will start drawing names this week for the chance to enroll in a health care program designed for people not poor enough for Medicaid but too cash-strapped to buy their own insurance.
More than 80,000 people have signed up since registration for the lottery opened in January. Only a few thousand will be chosen for the program.
"This is such a wonderful opportunity," said Ellen Pinney, director of the Oregon Health Action Campaign. "We've heard absolutely no complaints, just a lot of hope that they are the ones who will be selected."
One more time boys and girls: a desirable product or service that is free to the end user must be rationed. When government goes to provide socialized health insurance for everyone we can all enjoy the hope of winning that all important lifesaving procedure in a timely manner.