From THE HUFFINGTON POST:
Sue Lowden, a Republican candidate challenging Majority Leader Harry Reid for his Nevada Senate seat is refusing to back down from an earlier suggestion that America consider a medical barter system as an alternative to current health care solutions.
On Monday Lowden took the idea one step further.
“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.”
If we could only breed chickens who are delicious and who could paint houses, that would be perfect!
Now, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has launched a new website [, Chickens for Checkups,] to ridicule Lowden for her support of the bartering proposal.
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.
From the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL letters to the editor:
She talks about Jay Leno making fun of Sue Lowden, and she says that she can vouch for bartering, because she’s done it in her rural medical practice. She’s bartered for alalfa, a bathtub, and for services.
Well, I hope you included those things on your income tax return. They are considered income. Maybe the IRS should check and make sure.
Then she bitches about President Obama’s health care plan which was “forced on the American people” by the president, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. (I guess only some elections should have consequences.) She says that it has too many undisclosed costs and it takes away people’s ability to make their own choices. She says she has patients who are self-insured (I don’t know what that means) and live healthy lifestyles in order to keep their health care costs low. She laments the infringement on their rights and thanks Sue Chickenlady Lowden for thinking outside the “politically correct” box.
Who is Robin L. Titus, and does she have axdogxchicken in this fight? Glad you asked, kids. From the Robin L. Titus, M.D. For U.S. Senate From Nevada website:
PRESS RELEASE – January 25, 2010
In an interview with Jane Ann Morrison of the Las Vegas Review Journal last fall I stated I would withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race in January if my campaign had failed to raise at least $100,000.
I have lived my life in a manner where my word is respected and trusted. To that end, I am formally announcing my withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race.
Contrary to a release by Chuck Muth, I am not supporting any individual candidate at this time. My goal is, and has been, to do everything within my power to see that Harry Reid does not go back to Washington D.C. as our senator.
I intend to remain active in the Republican Party.
Thank you, and God Bless.