Carson City – Governor Jim Gibbons has appointed Sue Lowden to the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners.
Now during this year’s Senatorial campaign (Ms. Lowden was running as a Republican in the primaries) Ms. Lowden became well known for her remarks suggesting that people should use the barter system to get health care, perhaps exchanging a chicken or a car wash for medical services. Now of course for the next three years she will be a state regulator of the health care system in Nevada. More proof that Gibbons is an idiot. Here is the wikipedia article:
On October 1, 2009, Lowden announced her bid for the republican nomination for US Senate. Her main opponents in the Republican primary were businessman Danny Tarkanian and former State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle. Had Lowden won the republican primary, she would have run against U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader. She earned endorsements from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Jeri Thompson, the Susan B. Anthony List, and former Nevada Governor Robert List.
Politico named Lowden’s campaign one of “the worst” of 2010 stating “if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wins reellection in Nevada, it will likely be thanks to those 14 words spoken by Republican challenger Sue Lowden”, referring to Lowden’s statement regarding “bringing a chicken to a doctor.” Politico also cited controversy over Lowden’s use of a campaign supporter’s RV, and “an inept response to a question about the Civil Rights Act” as reasons.
Tarkanian was her closest primary opponent in two surveys conducted as of April 2010, but polling after Lowden’s infamous suggestion that people use the barter system to lower their health care costs showed Angle moving to first place. In general election polling, she once held the largest lead against Reid in aggregate polling conducted as of April 2010. But later May polls showed Lowden losing to Harry Reid by 5 percentage points (42-37). In primary election polling, Lowden held an even greater lead of 18 points over her closest primary opponent in two independent surveys conducted April 2010. Her numbers then declined by more than 20 points.
Using data from a poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.. the Las Vegas Review-Journal on May 28, 2010 stated that “Republican Sue Lowden has the best chance of defeating U.S. Sen. Harry Reid”. The poll predicted that Lowden would win 42 percent of the vote over Reid’s 39 percent with a margin of error “plus or minus 4 percentage points.”
Sharron Angle went on to defeat Lowden by a margin of 13.98%.
 Discussion of Harry Reid assassination attempt
On Heidi Harris’s talk radio show in October, 2009, a 1981 incident was mentioned to Lowden during the interview. There had been an attempt on Harry Reid’s life; the police report of the incident said an electrical device found in the Reid family car was linked to the fuel tank in an apparent attempt to ignite the fuel. At the time, Reid was chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and Lowden was a news reporter. When asked, Lowden said she didn’t recall the 1981 bomb scare story and questioned if it was true. She later denied reports that she had laughed about the question.
 Using barter to pay for health care
At a candidate forum in Mesquite, Nevada, on April 6, 2010, Lowden criticized the recently-passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and described her preferred system for financing medical care. While discussing her preference of consumer-focused reforms and her support of Health savings accounts paired with a High-deductible health plan, Lowden suggested that patients could pay cash and barter with their doctors for payment in order to reduce costs.
On April 16, Lowden affirmed her view that barter would be a viable way to pay for health care. Speaking on the TV program Nevada Newsmakers, she said “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, they would do… that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with their doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system.”
Lowden’s comments became the subject of jokes. However, on April 22, Katherine Hobson of The Wall Street Journal pointed out that in 2009, the American Medical Association’s newspaper had referred to barter as a “creative way to collect from patients during difficult economic times”, and that Kaiser Health News had said health care was becoming the “service in most demand” according to people running local barter exchanges.
Her is Ms. Lowden herself with her health care solution: