TLP: Fear and Laziness in Las Vegas
Are Nevada Democrats scared? Or just lazy? A potential Republican opponent for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has captured outsized attention for an unconventional idea — bartering for health care. So what's the response? Mock her mercilessly.
GOP candidate Sue Lowden raised the idea. CNN has the latest details:
"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.A little off-beat, but intriguing. Bartering does have a storied past and often was the only choice people had. The Lazy Paperboy's grandfather was a small-town druggist and, during the Depression, graciously accepted whatever his customers could offer. One carved an intricate wooden buffalo that is an heirloom 75 years later. Other alternative payment arrangements are not unheard of, even today.
"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."
Maybe Lowden is goofy and making fun of her is a way for Nevada Democrats to kill time (while their Republican counterparts fight over teabagging rights. But she hasn't even won the primary. So maybe Reid's campaign isn't so much lazy (ahem, that's my gig, anyway) as they are frightened. And there's no market for that with voters. Even if you barter.