It is helpful to remember that people elect total f**king morons to high office all the time. All chicken jokes aside, the percentage of Americans who are farmers isn't exactly the highest it's ever been. What will, say, the regional manager of a mid-size paper company be using to barter for chemotherapy? What does a radiology technician barter with in this exciting new healthcare economy? To use an example befitting Lowden's home state, what does a waitress or a hotel clerk barter with? How many cardiologists would accept payment for a $100k procedure in pretty much anything other than dollars?
Nevermind her breezy suggestion that everyone just take that twenty thousand dollars you have just lying around and shove it in a health savings account.
We really are ruled by idiots.