(See UPDATE below)
Pay your doctor in poultry?
One Sue Lowden, an actual, living, breathing (if not necessarily thinking) Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Nevada, has proposed we barter with our doctors for health care. She told a local tv news program, in part, You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say, “I’ll paint your house.” That’s what people would do to get health care . . . .
Crooks & Liars supplies video – Chickens for Checkups
This woman is the front-runner in the Republican primary to challenge Harry Reid. She actually leads Reid by double digits in polling. Would Nevadans seriously send someone who talked like this to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body?
Perhaps so. Hey, there’s a long tradition of putting idiots and buffoons into elective office.
Ms. Lowden’s resume includes a Miss New Jersey title, a Miss America runner-up, an elementary school teacher (shudder) and a tv reporter/anchor (figures). She has been a casino executive and a state senator.
UPDATE – Seems that, as a casino executive, Ms. Lowden was not particularly concerned about her own employees’ health care – cluck cluck cluck Perhaps they should have offered chickens?
Candidate Lowdon is not content with saying something stupid. Called out for this absurdity, she, working through her spokesperson, defended it.
Americans are struggling to pay for their health care, and in order to afford coverage we must explore all options available to drive costs down, said spokesperson, one Crystal Feldman, told the crew at Talking Points Memo. Bartering with your doctor is not a new concept. There have been numerous reports as to how negotiating with your doctor is an option and doctors have gone on the record verifying this.
Hmmm, what do you offer the ER crew to give you a defib?
And just for the record, my grandparents never gave a doctor a chicken.