Report: Rand Paul supported healthcare bartering

Does Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) support bartering for healthcare?

He did in 2002, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, which conducted a review of Paul's public appearances from the last dozen years.

From the paper’s Sunday edition:

Paul has condemned Medicare as ‘socialism;’ denounced seat-belt and anti-smoking laws as ‘Nanny-state’ paternalism; called for voluntary, rather than mandatory, accommodation of people with disabilities; and suggested using satellites to monitor America's borders for illegal immigrants.

But what may be more troubling for the National Republican Senatorial Committee is that Paul also "criticized private health insurance, saying it keeps patents from negotiating lower prices with their doctors."

"We need to get insurance of out of the way and let the consumer interact with their doctor the way they did basically before World War II," he said during a local TV appearance on Dec. 2, 2002.

A spokesman for the Paul campaign did not respond to a request for comment. 

Bartering comments have caused problems for other Republicans this cycle.

Nevada Republican Sue Lowden was the frontrunner for her party's Senate nomination until she made similar remarks at a town hall event in Mesquite, Nev.

She continued to expand on the bartering theme during the campaign.

"Before we all started having healthcare, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor," Lowden said during a TV interview. "I'm not backing down from that system."

Lowden subsequently lost the primary to former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) by 14 points.