Archive for trade off

VIDEO: "Can this doctor take this chicken to a gas station?"


By GottaLaff

Chickens for Check-Ups calls fowl on Chicken Sue (who, if you missed it, has backed off her inane, clucked-up bartering comments... sort of a poor man's Cash for Cluckers) with their first TV ad:

H/t: Greg Sargent


Sue Lowden finally chickens out: “Bartering Is Not A Policy”


By GottaLaff

Chicken Sue finally chickened out. Join me in the Chicken Dance to celebrate the end of her extended, and hilariously pathetic, clinging to the few feathers that remained of her health care barter system.

Via Greg Sargent:

[T]he candidate has now taken to her blog to clarify once and for all that she is not advocating for a chickens-for-checkups health plan:

I can understand why Harry Reid and his Washington allies and Hollywood friends are creating political theater rather than solving real problems. Bargaining, bartering and negotiating for health coverage is not a policy — it is a fact. It is occurring today and has been since the founding of our nation. If you want to see my policy on health care reform, it has been on my web page since last year -– and it remains there to this day. Nowhere in my health reform proposal do I discuss bargaining, bartering or negotiating, rather I offer real solutions that work without creating a new, government-run entitlement program that Nevadans don’t want and they cannot afford.

And people say Joe Biden has gaffe-itis.


The Lowden Plan: Chicken Converter!


By GottaLaff

Little did Chicken Sue know that when she insisted on touting her Chickens for Chest X-Rays plan, she'd created her own Macaca Moment.

The yolks, er, jokes have been flying like hens running from foxes. Poor ol' Sue has egg on her face, and it doesn't look as if it's going to let up any time soon.

Presenting the Lowden Plan (click on images to enlarge):

Reading the fine print is a must. It's hilarious.

Go to the site and click on all the fun places.

H/t: HarborGuy


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


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....


Chickens for Check-Ups: The Website!


By GottaLaff

Last night I had a little fun with Sue Lowden's new and improved health care plan: Bring a chicken to the doctor in return for medical care.

For example, I bring a hen, or a copy of Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, and I get a proctological exam. Why didn't Congress think of that? It's right up their... alley.

So simple. So. Very. Simple.

Like the person who thought of it:

"Before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor," Lowden told a local news station. "They would say I'll paint your house." [...]

Lowden's campaign sent a letter to the Las Vegas Review-Journal Wednesday defending her stance and providing a testimonial of "Robin L. Titus, M.D." who claims that he has "bartered with patients -- for alfalfa hay, a bath tub, yard work and horse shoeing in exchange for my care." Her campaign has also been circulating an extensive background document explaining the perks of bargaining with your health care provider.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee didn't waste much time developing a Very Special Website touting Chicken Sue's idea. Let the mockitude begin (click on image to enlarge):

Yes, it's an interactive site where you can write your very own letter to Chicken Sue, clicking on your very own options!

I wrote in telling her I'm looking for a doctor for "ill humours" (no "sick humor" option), offering my best ranch hand in exchange for medical services rendered. And what a ranch hand he is! He's worth at least three physicals.

What could be simpler?

H/t: harborguy


VIDEO: The Lowden Chicken Dance


By GottaLaff

Sue Lowden is not Harry's kind of chick. What a strange bird she is. Hopefully, this video will get her into a peck o' trouble, because it is pretty darn "fowl":

Reid's campaign blasted the video clip out to reporters this afternoon (subject line: "Seriously ... Has Sue Lowden Lost Her Mind?").

Sue Lowden, the front-running Republican challenger to Sen. Harry Reid, yesterday doubled down on her idea that health care could be paid for using the barter system.

So if you bring a pigeon, you only get your blood pressure taken? If you bring a hyena, you get a full-on physical?

What if you bring a moose? You get the Sarah Palin special? That would be half a check up during which the doctor quits in the middle.

The Santorum special is the trade-off for a poodle.

Oh, but I kid the feather-brain. I'm sure she's a good egg.

No I'm not.

What a dumb cluck. And the worst part is that she will most likely win.