Clarence Page: Ron Paul's harsh definition of 'freedom'Submitted by bobbyw24 on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 07:50
September 18, 2011
Let's be fair to U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Contrary to a widespread impression, the libertarian-minded Paul did not say during a recent Republican presidential debate that people without health insurance should be left to die. It is only his idea of "freedom" that might cause you to think so.
This impression was unfortunately encouraged by some of his less-temperate supporters during the recent CNN/tea party presidential debate in Tampa, Fla. Moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Paul, a medical doctor and fierce libertarian, if a seriously ill young man who had decided on his own to forgo health insurance suddenly needs expensive hospital care, should the state pay for it?
Paul, shaking his head, lectured, "That's what freedom is all about. Taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to take care of everybody. ... "
At that point Paul was interrupted by a burst of applause from the tea party-filled audience.
"But congressman," Blitzer persisted, "are you saying society should just let him die?"
"Yeah," shouted at least two voices in the crowd. But Paul, to his credit, said, "No."
So who pays? Paul asserted that in his experience, friends, neighbors, churches and charities step forward to help.