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Bartering Livestock As A Health Insurance Plan?


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It sounds like a joke, but it was a half-serious proposal by Republican Sue Lowden, who is vying for the GOP nomination in Nevada to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November. Since Reid helped steer healthcare reform to its passage, he is a clear target.

Lowden looked like a lock for the nomination and even win, with her staunch opposition to the law. However, she slipped when asked about her proposed alternatives to the Democrats’ health insurance plan reform. Her suggestions included bartering for health care services–specifically citing our grandparents, who supposedly brought a chicken to the doctor.

Her primary opponents, as well as Democrats, have run with the absurdity. Offhand quip or not, it makes her appear out of touch with the struggles of those unable to find affordable health insurance in modern times. Lowden’s response is the classic bipartisan political excuse: her comments were taken out of context.

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