For Your Consideration: Yes, They are Serious, Nevada Senate Race Edition

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have nothing to worry about if this is an example of the caliber of Republican candidates that are vying to challenge him in November.

Yes, you heard correctly. Sue Lowden is seriously proposing that people barter with their doctors for health care.

“I’m telling you that this works. 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. I mean, that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system.”

This has evoked some very amusing responses from diarists at Dailykos to Twitter exchanges that are pretty funny:

Do you think a veterinarian would accept a chicken as payment under #LowdenCare?

understand that the chickens are now insisting on binding arbitration over their role in #LowdenCare.

I’m going out to buy a dozen LowdenCare chicken Survival Seeds.

My Lowdencare chicken ate all my survival seeds

Ah, so THAT’S why they call doctors’ handwriting “chicken scratch!”

threw a chicken in the toll basket on the Parkway the other day, and they looked at me like I was a GOP Senate candidate!

What’s the exchange rate on chicken fajitas these days?

tried to pay a doctor in Arizona with a chicken burrito the other day, and he called immigration on me.

Should I be insulted that my urologist is charging me a Cornish game hen?

I’m surprised your urologist didn’t want a rooster.

better than a capon

Maybe a fertility doc. I’ve tested you both. Good news, Mr. Smith is your wife can conceive. Bad news is I’m charging a capon.

My psychologist only takes barter in buffalo testicles. Is that weird? || How does that make you feel?

How many chickens does a prostate exam cost?

The chickens are coming home to roost. In your doctor’s office!

The ATM will dispense chickens if you clap hard enough.

Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a chicken farmer!

H/T John Aravosis @ AMERICAbog, David Waldman aka KagroX @ Twitter, Dante Atkins @ Twitter, Liz Winstead @ Twitter and Jeff Lieber @ Dailykos


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    • TMC on April 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    • Edger on April 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    she doesn’t try trading her brains or critical thinking skills for anything… unemployment funds are broke just about everywhere.

    • Robyn on April 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    too European.

  1. look at about 0:22 marker, before she even gets to the chicken.

    ‘Way back when, in the olden days, before we even had health care, ya know, our grandparents days…’


    and then the chicken stuff … the ignorance and insults … oh … ouch.

    makes me wanna go up the street here and put down some cold hard cash with the neighborhood curandero…. oh never mind.

    the ‘olden days’… hurrumph.

    I cant stand it.

  2. These are my favorite slippers, but if I need hip replacement surgery down the road I would be willing to offer in a barter.


  3. One is this looks like a spoiled rotten corporatist she-devil, and she is making a barter argument?!

    Two, I guess it’s just not about trading chickens for knee surgery — thought it might be just that simple for her.  A modern, computerized barter system wouldn’t involve the direct trading of this sort, it would be similar to money.  And it could be a good way to slowly begin to shield assets from corporate depredation.  But she isn’t making this argument for that reason — it’s expressly to excuse medical malfeasance.

    Third — I was watching the lamestream media and they were all gaga over Harry Reid’s “courage” in passing Health Insurance Deform.  Yeah, they got a law through – for whatever good it will do, and sabotaging and caving every step of the way.

    But, to me, the reason he is in so much trouble is he has NOT been a courageous Senate Majority Leader.  If he had been, he wouldn’t be vulnerable to someone this self-serving and unsophisticated.

  4. hand plucked by harry reid.  

  5. this is just insane……

    • Edger on April 23, 2010 at 3:13 am
  6. Maybe whoever is paying Lowdermilk could substitute chickens for money?

    Maybe physicians who owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt could make their payments with chickens?  Can you imagine the spectacle of a physician driving through lower Manhattan with a flatbed truck, loaded with crates containing live chickens, and he stops in front of the bank building, and has several friends help him carry all the crates into the bank lobby?

    If Saturday Night Live doesn’t do something with this, they are missing a huge opportunity.

  7. to accept live chickens in lieu of monetary contributions to her campaign?

  8. in the 1930s, keeping in mind that the New Deal began in 1933.  

    If she wants a situation where people can pay their physicians with chickens, as during her grandparents’ time, wonder if she’d also be willing to reinstitute some of the other conditions that existed then.  For instance…

    From 1917 to 1987, a period of 70 years, with the relatively brief exception of the years 1925-1931, the top marginal personal income tax rate never dropped below 46%, and for many years during that time ranged from 70% to 91%.  In fact, from 1936 to 1980, the top income tax rate never dropped below 70%.

    Corporate income taxes made up a far more substantial proportion of total tax revenues than today.

    Back in the “good old days”, the unions actually wielded some power, and a single wage earner could comfortably support a family.

    Wasn’t all food organic back then, quite likely contributing to better health outcomes?

    Many insurance companies were mutuals, which meant that any profits were returned to their policyholders.  What a quaint concept!  

    If you are “mature” enough to remember life in the 1950s and 1960s, can you recall anyone worried about falling into bankruptcy due to healthcare bills?  

    Lowdermilk’s cherrypicking is exceedingly transparent and will be believed only by the most gullible, of which there are many in the Reich Wing.

  9. I slipped him a rubber one, and it bounced!

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    I see no global elite.

    I am getting sick of your conspiracy theories

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