April 22nd, 2010
08:22 AM ET
12 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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