The republican idea for affordable health care. Lets go back to the barter system Sue Lowden's 'Chicken For Checkups' health care plan is Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs | Crooks and Liars I havenâ€™t really been paying attention to the early phases of Sue Lowdenâ€™s proposal that instead of health insurance we should just â€śbarterâ€ť for health care because I assumed she was joking. But apparently not: Lowden could very plausibly be representing Nevada in the US Senate a year from now, so itâ€™s worth noting how terrible this would be. Checkups for chickens might work if we were all farmers, but whatâ€™s a blogger supposed to do? Maybe I could offer the guy free publicity with a few posts touting his services.