Lowden Campaign: ‘Bartering With Your Doctor Is Not A New Concept’

April 21, 2010 10:10 am

The campaign of Senate candidate Sue Lowden (R-NV) is continuing to stand by Lowden’s call for the use of the barter system as a means to bring down health care costs.

On Monday, Lowden doubled down on the barter idea: “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.”

We asked Lowden spokesperson Crystal Feldman how this could ever be a workable policy, in an era of costly procedures, tests, pharmaceuticals and provider networks? “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,” Feldman told TPMDC in an e-mail.Feldman continued: “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. Unfortunately, Harry Reid’s failed leadership forces us to take drastic measures. The fact remains that instead of producing a health care solution Americans support, Harry Reid spends his time focusing on attacking his biggest threat to another six years in Washington, Sue Lowden.”

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