The Watering Hole, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, I’m Running For President, Part 3

I’m Briseadh na Faire, and I’m running for President. Here are a few of my positions on issues important to the American People today. Between now and November 2016, I will post additional policy and platform statements.

Today’s topic du jour: Health Care.

Let’s face it. Health Care in the United States of America is a mess. ObamaCare isn’t all it was cracked up to be. Yeah, yeah, it was the first “successful” overhaul of the health care system since, well, ever. But will it survive a Supreme Court Challenge? Heck, already, if a corporation doesn’t want to provide women’s reproductive health care coverage, based on the corporation’s deeply held religious beliefs, it’s female employees are left to pay for such health care out of their minimum wage paychecks. But, hey, they chose to work there, so they really have no room to complain. But I digress.

So, the Democrats had an opportunity to fix the health care system and they blew it.

And the Republicans have yet to put up a plan of their own.

One of the biggest gripes is that under any government-run plan, the government is going to come between the patient and doctor.

Well, I have a plan, and it is breathtakingly simple. Whoever pays for the health care gets to make the health care decisions. If you pay your doctor out of your own pocket, you get to make the decisions. If your insurance company pays, your insurance company decides. And if the government pays, the government decides, based, of course, on whoever holds a majority in the House and Senate at the time.

It’s the best of both worlds – capitalism and democracy. The free market decides what health care is worth, and those who can pay the price get the health care they choose. And it’s also democratic: those who cannot participate in the free market can still vote, and their elected representatives will then choose whatever health care is best for their constituents.

Of course, this still has one little problem. Tax dollars being spent on anything except for law enforcement and national defense. But I propose that governmental health care be meted out in proportion to the taxes one pays for health care. So, essentially, whether you pay out of your own pocket, or pay premiums for health insurance, or rely on government-paid health care, my health care plan is a true “pay as you go” plan.

Now the other part of the healthcare problem is skyrocketing costs. So what? It’s a free market, and health care providers should be free to charge whatever the market will bear. Anything less is, frankly, Un-American. We can do a lot to curb skyrocketing costs at the emergency room door. If you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it, pure and simple. If we stop forcing hospitals to treat people who can’t, or won’t, pay, they won’t have to pass those costs on to the rest of us.

In fact, I just had another great idea! We’ll let Scientologists actively seek out new members in emergency rooms! Win-Win again!

So, come 2016, vote Briseadh na Faire for President. I’m the only candidate for President who knows what’s best for America; the only candidate who acknowledges up front that I will break each and every one of my campaign promises, and, when I do, you won’t be disappointed!

[Briseadh na Faire – it’s hard to pronounce.]

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38 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, I’m Running For President, Part 3

  1. I’ve changed my voting criteria and sensible platforms no longer apply.
    (unless they’re platform shoes from the 70’s)
    Bottom line up front:
    How do you plan to compete with Donald Trumps hair?
    If Rhode Island is unprofitable, will you sell it off?
    Health care is expensive, I agree.
    Can’t I just go to my dogs veterinarian during the same visit and cut out the red tape in the middle?.
    Do you promise to invade Latvia?
    We have no decent Latvian restaurants in our area.
    Latvia has never threatened us but we could use the influx of culture for foodies and the Latvian auto industry really needs a boost.
    Medical tourism. You have failed to mention this.
    An airline ticket to another country for that person (Bolivia for example) to get medical attention could be a lot less expensive than some of the pricey procedures in place in this country.
    You could base health care costs on air fares.

  2. “Clinton was one of the most liberal members during her time in the Senate. According to an analysis of roll call votes by Voteview, Clinton’s record was more liberal than 70 percent of Democrats in her final term in the Senate. She was more liberal than 85 percent of all members. … Clinton also has a history of very liberal public statements. Clinton rates as a “hard core liberal” per the OnTheIssues.org scale. She is as liberal as Elizabeth Warren and barely more moderate than Bernie Sanders.”
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/hillary-clinton-was-liberal-hillary-clinton-is-liberal/

    • She threw a Whitehouse lamp at Bill. Clearly she is unqualified to be President.

    • IIRC, in Bubba’s first term the voice behind the push for health care reform was Hillary’s, and universal single payer was near or on her front burner. The Republicans did what they always do and pushed it off the table, but maybe if H. becomes pres. she’ll go for it once again.

  3. How do you plan to compete with Donald Trumps hair?

    I am not running for President of the United States to compete with Donald Trump’s hair, or anyone else’s hair. I am running to present my ideas and ideals to the American People and let them decide at the electoral college who is best qualified to be the next Leader of the Free World.

    Besides, competing with Donald Trump’s hair is like competing with the wind: it blows where it wants to, and no force on heaven or earth can stop it.

    If Rhode Island is unprofitable, will you sell it off?

    No. We need that land for a toxic waste site.

    Health care is expensive, I agree.

    Vote for me and I’ll let the free market decide the price of health care.

    Can’t I just go to my dogs veterinarian during the same visit and cut out the red tape in the middle?.

    I don’t see why not. Veterinarians treat animals, and people are animals, except Evangelical Christians, who firmly believe that people are not part of the animal kingdom. So, unless you are an Evangelical Christian, you can be treated by your dogs’ doctor.

    Do you promise to invade Latvia?

    no. Under no possible scenario would I ever invade Latvia….unless it turns out there’s oil or some other valuable resource there. I will, however, invade the Grand Dutchy of Fenwick. It’s payback time!

    We have no decent Latvian restaurants in our area.

    The free market has decided. You are totally free to go to the indecent Latvian restaurants, if you choose.

    Latvia has never threatened us but we could use the influx of culture for foodies and the Latvian auto industry really needs a boost.

    What you suggest, sir, borders on treason. American food and American culture is all you need. And I will not give a boost to any foreign industry that competes with the American Automobile Industry.

    Medical tourism. You have failed to mention this.

    Again, I will leave this up to the free market. If Disney wants to create a theme park based on diseases, I’m all in favor of it.

    An airline ticket to another country for that person (Bolivia for example) to get medical attention could be a lot less expensive than some of the pricey procedures in place in this country.

    This, too, is a free-market solution to our health care system. One, I believe, that is already being utilized by those who choose to.

    You could base health care costs on air fares.

    Or I could base air fares base on traveler’s health conditions. In fact, I could order a TSA surcharge to cover the costs of all those x-rays we’re currently giving away free of charge. It’s certainly worth considering.

    Unfortunately, that’s all the time I have for this impromptu press conference. But I look forward to more questions in the future.

    • This definitely puts me on the fence.
      Invading The duchy of Grand Fenwick may be the nudge I need.

    • The problem is the Republicans, not just Congress. If Obama were to state that he was going to transfer any prisoner, whether or not he has the legal authority to do so, the Republicans will throw a fit and block every nomination for everything just because they’re whiny little children. And then he’ll accomplish nothing, instead of the limited number of things he has.

      It is not Obama’s fault GTMO is still open. The Republicans won’t let him close it.

      • Amurkkka’s problems with Gitmo, with immigration, with health care, budget deficits, murder rates et guns, failing schools, air pollution, climate change, etc. etc. etc. are ALL caused by Republicans. They will, each and all, crawl across forty miles of broken glass on their hands and knees simply to get a nose pat from a billionaire or a multi-national corporation CEO. America is fast becoming the global dregs NOT because of ANY reason other than today’s GOP, now evolved into the fascist movement VP Henry Wallace first described in 1944.

        AFAIC, the best reason to keep Gitmo open and operational would be for purposes of incarcerating each and all of the fascist bastard wingnuts that are currently using Congress and the SCOTUS to convert this country from a democratic republic to a fascist oligarchy.

  4. Trump’s is a fill-in-the-blanks agenda: He claims to have a plan for defeating ISIS, but he cannot say what it is for reasons of operational security for the mission that exists only in his mind.

    Doesn’t this sound familiar? Remember this?

    • I enjoyed Bush’s opening speech where he really thought he could talk about being a ‘Washington outsider’….. I wet my pants.

  5. I still don’t have the words to express my opinion of Douchebag Donald running……later.

    I do know that in 2017 some states will be able to opt out of the ACA for a modified Medicare type of single payer system. Vermont is getting theirs ready to roll out as is California. I assume many will follow.

    SEC. 1332 ø42 U.S.C. 18052¿. WAIVER FOR STATE INNOVATION.
    (a) APPLICATION.—
    (1) IN GENERAL.—A State may apply to the Secretary for the waiver of all or any requirements described in paragraph
    (2) with respect to health insurance coverage within that State for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. Such application shall—
    (A) be filed at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require;
    (B) contain such information as the Secretary may require, including—
    (i) a comprehensive description of the State legislation and program to implement a plan meeting the requirements for a waiver under this section; and
    (ii) a 10-year budget plan for such plan that is budget neutral for the Federal Government; and
    (C) provide an assurance that the State has enacted the law described in
    subsection (b)(2).

    ~”So this is the milestone that any state has to go through. The Vermont single payer activists lead the way. Even Vermont will apply for the “innivation waiver” to get federal funds starting in 2017 to help pay for their Single Payer system.”~

  6. Hawaii is also looking at 2017. They requested $5mil from CMS to bridge a funding shortfall, and instead was offered $70mil to help close their state run exchange:

    Bloomberg – June 16, 2015

    Hawaii to End State-Sponsored Health-Care Exchanges

    Hawaii plans to close its state-sponsored health-care exchange after a federal agency said that funds were unavailable to support long-term operations, Gov. David Ige said June 5.

    Ige, in a statement, said the private nonprofit Hawaii Health Connector exchange was “unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services told exchange officials that federal funds no longer were available to keep the program operating,” he said.

    “The viability of state health insurance exchanges has been a challenge across the country, particularly in small states due to insufficient numbers of uninsured residents,” Ige said. “The state of Hawaii has a high rate of insured residents due to employer-based health-care coverage and Medicaid program expansions.”

    http://www.bna.com/hawaii-end-statesponsored-n17179927738/

    • There you are, fatherbob!
      Nice to read you!
      Hopefully the nation will go single payer and be done with the repugnant party attempting to take away health care.
      Damn I detest those selfish people..

  7. Aww Hell, BnF, we don’ care about stances of issues and crap like that!
    How many ex-slutwives ya got? Where’s you buy your toupee? How many casinos do you own?
    Those are the questions Amurkin folks are bein’ askin’.!

      • Was it this one, bdmm? (Medium dot com)?

        It doesn’t seem to allow url cut and paste.
        It does let one copy and paste:

        I saw that you posted here claiming that you can fix what ails America because you’ve done it before — in Florida. That’s a pretty amazing argument coming from a man whose my-way-or-the-highway approach put you at odds with the legislature, the courts, and most importantly, the hardworking families of Florida who had to live with your disastrous decisions.
        After reading through your argument, I’m frankly a little confused. I’m confused because I witnessed firsthand your reckless economic agenda play out as families across Florida suffered. I’m confused because in line after line you make claim after claim that simply doesn’t jibe with reality.
        Shall we go through them? Let’s.

        “So many challenges could be overcome if we just get this economy growing at full strength. There is not a reason in the world why we cannot grow at a rate of four percent a year.”
        Then why on earth didn’t your brother do this? After 8 destructive years in office riddled with policies you endorsed, like the failed tax cuts that benefitted millionaires, George W. Bush left us with the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. We know what a Bush economy looks like and we can’t afford another one.

        “And that will be my goal as president — four percent growth, and the 19 million new jobs that come with it”
        You shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep. We’ve heard this tune before from both you and your brother. We know what the end result looks like: economic policies that favor the rich over the middle class, ever-increasing debt, and cuts to programs that help middle class and struggling families get ahead — all in the name of a failed, trickle-down agenda that does nothing to lift up hardworking families and only serves to benefit people just like you. We’ll pass this time around.

        “Economic growth that makes a difference for hard-working men and women — who don’t need reminding that the economy is more than the stock market.”
        This is incredible. A reminder for you, Governor Bush: Since leaving Tallahassee, you’ve created a multi-million dollar fund that operates like an offshore tax haven, you’ve continued to leverage your family name for personal gain, you sat on the board of a company that defrauded investors of millions of dollars and you’ve cashed in on your Wall Street connections right as many Americans were hit by the financial crisis. I’m referring of course to your stint at Lehman Brothers, the now-defunct Wall Street titan that epitomized Wall Street greed, self-destructing at the expense of Main Street.

        “Growth that lifts up the middle class — all the families who haven’t gotten a raise in 15 years. Growth that makes a difference for everyone.”
        Next time you’re in a town hall in Iowa or New Hampshire, why don’t you explain to the families living on $7.25 an hour why you don’t support raising the federal minimum wage? I’m sure they’d be thrilled to hear what you’ve said before, that “we need to leave it to the private sector.” And if you want to talk about the middle class, let’s talk about your agenda to take away quality health care from millions, slash Pell Grants, privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher system. Truly stellar.

        “We made Florida number one in job creation and number one in small business creation. 1.3 million new jobs, 4.4 percent growth, higher family income, eight balanced budgets, and tax cuts eight years in a row that saved our people and businesses 19 billion dollars.”
        Let’s talk about some other numbers: income inequality exploded in Florida under your failed economic agenda, you ballooned our state’s debt, tuition skyrocketed, and your tax policy gave massive breaks to the wealthy and powerful corporations. That’s your Florida story, Governor Bush. You may not want to tell it, but the people of Florida remember it. We remember it, and we will continue to remind the American people why your misplaced priorities are wrong for America.

        The author is a Florida Congresswoman representing parts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, and serves as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

        Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. Chair of @TheDemocrats (Democratic National Committee). Mom, wife, FLGator. Author, FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
        Published on Jun 17. All rights reserved by the author.

    • (applause, applause, applause)

      What’s with the damn Repugnants that they can’t even look at a map or
      check on line to gain information?
      Hairdo Trump is such a narcissist he feels anything spewed out of his mouth has to be true.

      • Maybe it’s just me, but I’m willing to bet that Trump can’t comb his own hair (or whomever’s hair he wears), that he has at least one, maybe more, “haircombers” on his personal ‘maintenance’ staff (which surely includes a couple of asswipers as well).

        • He needs to fire the “haircombers” if that’s case – they do a lousy job.
          Then again, I wouldn’t want to touch whatever that is on Trump’s head.

    • Being close to the NYC market (about 60 miles north), we are inundated with The Donald, who loves to call into all kinds of radio stations, including the one I listen to. So I am among those who love to ridicule him any chance I get, and keep tweaking him on The Twitter until he finally blocks me.

      One of my favorite Letterman jokes of all time:

      “It was so cold today, the thing on Donald Trump’s head had a thing on its head.”

      • Don’t think I could stand to listen to the boob. Would have to turn off the radio until he was gone. Ego so big it’s amazing he can get his head through the door.

  8. How will FauxNewz spin this?

    Mass Shooting At Historic Charleston, SC Church Leaves 9 Dead (Updated)

    Yet another mass shooting, and this one certainly appears to be race-motivated. A shooter opened fire on Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Police are still looking for a 21-year old white male, wearing Timberland boots and a gray sweatshirt.

    • One thing is certain. They will make it clear that they approve of white people packing heat in churches but not black people. Something like “a good guy with a gun could have stopped this bad guy with a gun but there’s no guarantee there were any good guys in this radical, racist, far-left church”.

      Then it will be the usual crap with Bill0 saying “everybody knows that race relations are at an all-time low under Obama and there are bound to be isolated incidents after Benghazi”. And inSeannity will say “Obama’s policies(never actually named.) pushed this decent God-fearing man to violence and it’s a miracle that those killed weren’t heroes like Benghazi”.Megahen will simply, though it pains her, proclaim that the victims “were no angels like Benghazi” and Retched Carlson will say “it’s a horrible tragedy that my kids might see a Jewish or Muslim or (gasp!) secular holiday display while I’m dragging them cross-country to see every colored light within several thousand square miles in the middle of winter because Benghazi” and the Kurvy Kouch Kretins will say “lucky cookie zucchini Benghazi”.

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