Can’t Afford Healthcare? Bring A Chicken To The Doctor!

You’ll be relieved to know that the solution to your rising medical care costs resides in your barn (if you have one).   

During a recent candidate forum, Republican Sue Lowden, who is running to challenge Harry Reid in November, suggested bartering with doctors a possible solution to rising health care costs. Her comments are now being referred in political circles as Chickens for Checkups.

It’s hard to imagine that Sue Lowden is out polling Harry Reid.

And in a follow-up interview with local political analyst Marlene Lockhard, Lowden refused to back down from her suggestion that bartering with doctors for health care could be part of a long term solution to the American health care crisis, saying:

“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 old days, our grandparents.  They would bring a chicken to the doctor.  They would say I’ll paint your house. And that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with their doctors.”

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is having a lot of fun with Lowden’s tone deaf comments. You can send Sue Lowden an email that let’s you specify an “old time” medical condition and several things you can barter to get medical care–including chickens.

The Nevada State Democrats had some fun with this too.  Communications Director Phoebe Sweet showed up at Lowden’s office with a goat, saying she unsuccessfully tried to trade it for medical care but her doctor “looked at her like I was crazy.”

And ProgressNow Nevada just put out a techno version of Sue Lowden’s “Bring A Chicken to The Doctor

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Ingrid Scott
Ingrid Scott7 years ago

About forty years ago, we traded repair of the dentist's boat for a tooth extraction/bridge. We live in a fairly rural part of Maine, so this actually worked well for all concerned. But in this day and age, with the costs of running an office, there is no way it would work now, and it certainly wouldn't work for large numbers of people.

Sheri P.
Sheri P7 years ago

Our "healthcare system" is so out of whack...

Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS8 years ago

Aside from all other issues, the average poor American doesn't have any possessions or skills that a typically rich doctor would want enough to barter for....

Michele T.
Michele T8 years ago

This just shows how out of touch this woman is! She is rich with great health care insurance, well why doesn't she trade what she has for what the rest of have us have and she can barter away. I'm afraid there is no bartering in the city. I know my doctors wouldn't. She is so out of touch with reality but then most rich people are.

Karen C.
Karen C8 years ago

I worked for a family physician about 30 years ago. He didn't take chickens but when a patient indicated no insurance and money was tight he would discount the visit and try to give them free samples. Also, he would try to get the free clinic which was open from 4-8 m-f to request the blood work. Unfortunately the clinic was always over crowded. I will never forgot the child who broke her arms and we had to beg the Ortho Clinic at the University to see her. It took over 4 hours to get them to agree. The sad thing was the family never showed up and the girl had to wear hard plastic cast for over a year and her arms were never the same. This is what we heard through the grapevine. People shouldn't be made to feel like a number and when your really sick you don't need to feel like you have to be Donald Trump so you can negotiate and price. That's just evil and insane

Maria M.
Maria M8 years ago

This is stupid no doctor is going to trade services. She has great health care at our expense lets see if she is willing to give up her free, top-rate medical care and start bartering her own chickens for her family's health care.

Carole C.
Carole Cherne8 years ago

She needs to give up her free, top-rate medical care and be the first one to barter her own chickens for her family's health care.

Dianne D.
Dianne D8 years ago

Why are the Republicans so against health care? The old system didn't work and they had control of the house and senate and did nothing about it then. All they did while in the White House was to fight with each other. What makes them think they have a better idea?

Mary B.
Mary B8 years ago

I think this was ment as a joke just to see how many liberals would jump on it all outraged. Works pretty good, especially if you get a bunch of neo-cons pretending to be liberals. Just 4th grade humor. Lighten up.

Janice P.
Janice P8 years ago

Shannon, I am sorry if it appeared that I was picking on you. I did not intend to offend you, and I am sorry if it sounded that way. I simply wondered if you lived in a rural community, where small exchanges might work. When I saw that you do not, I could not understand your position. Your town's businesses are not the only ones I called about this. If you recall, I phoned doctor's offices in my own county, to see if they would be willing to accept such exchanges.

I always try not to make an issue personal. I'm afraid that I have violated my own principle in this instance. I hope you will accept my apology.