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Lowden: Bartering isn't my policy

From NBC's Mark Murray
After being ridiculed in local TV news reports, Web videos, and now a brand-new TV ad for discussing bartering as an option to pay for health care, Sue Lowden (R) has now written an op-ed in Politico saying that bartering isn't her policy proposal.

And she blasts Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) for making it a distraction in Nevada's Senate race.

The comment I made about bartering was not, and was never intended to be, a policy proposal. It was an example of how struggling families are working to pay for medical care in any way they can during these tough times.

The truth is that Reid is so out of touch with these hardworking American families that he needs political theater to distract Nevadans from both his own unpopularity and the costs of his plan.

*** UPDATE *** While Lowden has said that bartering isn't her policy proposal, it certainly is something that she has embraced. As she said on a Nevada news program earlier this month: "I'm telling you that this works. You know, 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. That's the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I'm not backing down from that system."