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Loaded Question: "Congressman Paul, would you let this man die?"

Ron was asked by Wolf Blitzer, if he would allow a 30 year-old man die, who needs to be on life support for 6 months, and has no insurance and no money. Talk about playing on people's fears. CNN has moderate-to-liberal viewers, of which the majority favor socialized medicine. While the majority of Ron Paul supporters understand in depth his position on government mandated health insurance, I feel that CNN's asking him a question that paints him as a cold and callous individual was a premeditated attempt to have those who are moderate-to-liberal voters not support Ron Paul.

I don't know if anybody here followed this, but after the debate, CNN kept the camera rolling in the room, and I was watching Debbie Wasserman,(Congresswoman from Florida,(D)) being interviewed by one reporter after another. She kept harping with each reporter how Ron Paul would let "that man die" and that this what the Tea Party was all about.

Surely, Blitzer and Wasserman planned such a smear job, because the question Wolf asked Ron (I think) caught Ron a little bit off guard, since it was presented in a way that if you are against mandated insurance, you would have no problem allowing people to die who are uninsured. It is difficult to explain oneself in thirty seconds.

I hope Ron explains himself further on this issue when being interviewed by pundits in the future.

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Was the question about caring for the man....

or paying for his care. Seems to me there is a difference.

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No, I'm Going to Reach Into Your Pocket And Force You to Pay

Doesn't this 30 year old have any friends or family? We have people in this country who rescue baby birds, and dogs, and cats. What has this 30 year old done that no one wants to help him?

Heck, we even have prison ministries that help hardened criminals. What makes you think this man would be left to die?

(Duplicate post as this comment was still "sending" when I got back a couple of hours later.)

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I got News for Debbie Wasserman

Obama Care Health plan is exactly about letting people die. Especially the elderly. She needs to talk to people who are being over ruled by judges and doctors and having loved ones taken off life support. That's with medical insurance. Terry Schiavo anyone.

It's the mandates that drove the cost of health care up that lead to insurance companies refusing to pay for treatments rather than the charities that used to exist that would pay for them. We have too much health care. I loved the applause when Dr. Paul talked about people being allowed to use alternative medicine.

Future planning

Ron's people should realize the hostile and devious environment he'll find himself in and deal with it accordingly. Prepare for future questions or skillfully dodge them.
Ron should attack the question and maybe bring to light the agenda of the questioner and the people who employ them. Sad to see that the only way good people can have a fair chance is to stoop to their level of disinformation and propaganda.
It's time to put on a new pair of kick-ass boots and show them how it's done. Let's have a "no holds barred" match and let Paulamania run wid, Brother!
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Guys, what are you talking

Guys, what are you talking about? He blew this question out of the water! I was watching with a typical Republican and he was amazed by Ron's answer. "Unheard of," was how he described it. He was referring to Ron's assertion that people are responsible for themselves. Every red-blooded Republican thinks this but it's never said out loud. It is the kind of answer that sets Ron apart from the plastic men.

Ron went on to point out that, just because government doesn't coercively save the man, doesn't mean his friends, family, church and community can't do it.

It was a brilliant answer, probably one of his best ever. It was educational and a hit with the people whose votes he needs to win the primary.

I wish he could answer this stuff a bit better

All he would have done is

Well as PRESIDENT I wouldn't have the authority to keep this man alive.

He could have responded with a, well the real question is WOULD YOU let him die in your city?

then spin it back BECAUSE it is infact a LOCAL city and state issue and as PRESIDENT you wouldn't have a say either way...

COME ON RON

don't just say YES and don't allow people to understand your statement.

He could have said, even if I as president wouldn't assist this man. I do believe that the churches, charities and those around him INCLUDING his family and friends would make sure to do what they could for him.

That IS what charities are for. You are given the CHOICE whether to help your fellow man or not. However the way the rest of THESE CANDIDATES believe is that you should be FORCED to help people OR get booed.

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or how about

how many horror stories you have heard about insurance companies refusing to pay for cancer treatments, or kidney transplants, or dropping people when they get sick.

How about Romney let the Insurance companies write the the Massachusetts Health care bill. Free Market guy? Ya the market is free to do what they want but we are not free to refuse it.

For the life of me

I will never understand how he is not prepared for this sort of question. This is how they always go after liberty minded people. His campaign is a joke if he cannot anticipate this obvious question in a country that has come to depend on the federal government for everything.

No, I'm Going to Reach Into Your Pocket And Force You to Pay

Doesn't this 30 year old have any friends or family? We have people in this country who rescue baby birds, and dogs, and cats. What has this 30 year old done that no one wants to help him?

Heck, we even have prison ministries that help hardened criminals. What makes you think this man would be left to die?

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

The best defense is a good offense???

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Like the approach!

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
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When "healthcare" became a synonym of "health insurance"

Questions like this became possible. Think of how cold and callous the government system they envision must be; you're either enrolled or you die. No inbetween.

Actually I think it was a good question.

People want to know. They NEED to know just what he means- and WE already knew what his answer would be - the same as it's always been - let the community,church, neighbors (US) etc take care of the people JUST AS IT DID BEFORE. No one got turned away. Wasn't a gotcha moment. If he paused at all, it was likely because he had to take a second in his head to dumb down his answer so the morons in that room could hopefully understand his answer. I think some did, but there's just no way to convey it without leaving himself open for them to look for a way to twist it in an attempt to make him look bad. The apes in the audience saying "yeah!" in response to "Should we let the 30 yr old man die?" helped the "twist his words" agenda quite nicely. Personally I think the exposure here is good. Most people will take the links to "Ron Paul booed" and find that once theyve sorted through the crap, they just may give it some thought and agree with the original point. Those who want govt to take care of them would never vote RP anyway. I don't see this as damaging.

Liberals

Many of the liberals on Rawstory are asking, "if the church's would pay, why don't they do that now."

I would say to that...

They no longer own the hospitals which in many cases they use to, which made it cost prohibitive and because gov involvement has increased the cost so high to where it is today, they are no longer able to afford it.

What would you say to that question?

I agree.

Blitzer could have moved on to another question and the audience would have only heard Paul's first answer which wasn't very good, but to Dr. Paul's benefit, Blitzer kept prodding him until he answered the question well.

great fodder for stupid jokes!

An uninsured 30 YO heroin junkie with a distended belly, perhaps?

And we are to be frightened of pathetic little countries like Iran...and Venezuela, too!

The treatment of Paul and the whole idea of Liberty in these forums is a complete farce! It is pretty funny when you step back and look at the bat-sh*t looney corporate press for what they are... manipulators.

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Of course it was a premeditated

question to slam Ron Paul. All the questions are premeditated to either further a candidate or discourage a candidate. It's so transparent.

The MSM and their debates are necessary evils but they do not have to be the ONLY deciding factor.

It is so important to rise above and beyond this medium - not avoid it but put it in perspective and get the message out despite the nuisance.

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Gotcha Questions

Others have been asked gotcha questions as well. It is part of the process. This hypothetical is very unfair even to the standards of these debates. This hypothetical situation is handled at the level of patient-physician or family-physician, not president-patient. Certainly Obamacare has more potential to unplug these patients because it will reduce the overall available resources that could be used to help any patient. Perhaps that should have been the answer.

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Tony