April 21st, 2010
09:31 PM ET
13 years ago

'Chickens for Checkups' website mocks GOP candidate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/21/art.lowden.gi.jpg caption="Republican Sue Lowden is the target of a new website paid for by the DSCC."]Washington (CNN) - Nevada Senate candidate Sue Lowden has been blasted by critics and become the butt of a joke by late-night host Jay Leno.

Now Democrats in Washington are mocking her recent proposal - that patients should "barter" with doctors to lower their health care costs - with a new website.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched the site, "Chickens for Checkups," on Wednesday. It slams the Republican's unconventional idea, made recently on the show "Nevada Newsmakers."

"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 on the broadcast.

"Doctors are very sympathetic people. I'm not backing down from that system," she added.

Lowden's Communications Director Crystal Feldman defended her argument, telling CNN, "Sue never offered to exchange livestock for health care, she merely referred to practices used in the past."

"Bartering with your doctor is not a new concept, nor is it a long term solution," added Feldman, who provided a list of news clips that lend credence to the idea.

Lowden's campaign also accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of fueling the criticism. Lowden could face-off against Reid in the general election, if she wins Nevada's Republican primary on June 8.

The new DSCC website openly mocks Lowden's idea. It asks, "Do you need medical care? Write a letter to Sue Lowden with your ailment and what you're willing to trade."

The site features a form letter with a line reading, "Instead of money, I'm willing to offer a doctor my … "

Respondents can then select items, that they are supposedly willing to offer a doctor. The choices include "10 chickens," "2 goats," "indentured servitude" and a "new log cabin."

DSCC National Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy blasted Lowden's barter idea as "bizarre" and told CNN that it demonstrates that Lowden is "completely out of touch with reality."

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Shelly

    Can I barter my cat??.geez.....how stupid can the Republicans get????

    April 21, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. ZombieStomper

    I need some dental work done... think my dentist will accept a chicken or maybe I could wash her car.

    April 21, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. BlackUSAguy

    Next she will be telling doctors not to see patients who voted for Obama. It seems to me that the GOP want the public to get sick and die. They voted against insurance reform but they (GOP) have exellent coverage for themselves and thier family. By the way folks, to those of you looking for work, vote these clowns out and take their jobs. They have enough money stockpile over the 20+ years they been in congress. I nominate you (those seeking work).

    April 21, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Moocluckoink

    Maybe we could barter stock in a government-subsidized farm instead.

    April 21, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Rick in S. Florida

    THIS is what the Republicans think is responsible and intelligent representation? She is a blond Sarah Palin! I"m sure my neurosurgeon would be happy to accept farm animals for trade the next time he performs a live saving operation.

    The Nevada population is being suckered by the same Republicans that brought them George W. Bush and the current Republican Recession. A vote for Sue Lowden is a vote for "Brownie" level incompetence and they will deserve whatever they vote for.

    April 21, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. brian in denver

    Add another airhead to the Repub arsenal. Where do they find these folks?

    April 21, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. SC EX-Pub

    Well, we all heard that re-pubs had better ideas... how does this one work for you?

    April 21, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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