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 havenât really been paying attention to the early phases of Sue Lowdenâs proposal that instead of health insurance we should just âbarterâ 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 itâs worth noting how terrible this would be. Checkups for chickens might work if we were all farmers, but whatâs a blogger supposed to do? Maybe I could offer the guy free publicity with a few posts touting his services.