The Chandler campaign told Greg: "Yes, and of course before we had electricity, people burned oil lamps. Before we had automobiles, people used horse transport."
They also just sent Greg a second statement: "Congressman Chandler was noting a rural historical practice first raised in conversation by a constituent. His comments had nothing to do with the present healthcare debate. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth."
Granted, this isn't as bad as what Sue Lowden did, when she doubled down on barter as a positive policy idea for the here and now. "Let's change the system and talk about what the possibilities are. 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," Lowden said in April, also adding: "I'm not backing down from that system."
Lowden then went on to become a national laughingstock, and lost her primary.