This one is almost unbelievable. But it’s true.
At CNN’s Tea Party-indulging debateon Monday, Ron Paul, a medical doctor, faced a pointed line of questioning from Wolf Blitzer regarding the case of an uninsured young man who suddenly found himself in dire need of intensive health care.
Should the state pay his bills? Paul responded, “That’s what freedom is all about: taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to take care of everybody—”
He never quite finished that point, letting the audience’s loud applause finish it for him. So Blitzer pressed on, asking if he meant that “society should just let him die,” which earned a chilling round of approving hoots from the crowd. Paul would not concede that much outright, instead responding with a personal anecdote, the upshot being that in such a case, it was up to churches to care for the dying young man. So basically, yeah. He’d let him die.
As it turns out, Paul was not speaking purely in hypotheticals. Back in 2008, Kent Snyder — Paul’s former campaign chairman — died of complications from pneumonia. Like the man in Blitzer’s example, the 49-year-old Snyder (pictured) was relatively young and seemingly healthy* when the illness struck. He was also uninsured. When he died on June 26, 2008, two weeks after Paul withdrew his first bid for the presidency, his hospital costs amounted to $400,000. The bill was handed to Snyder’s surviving mother (pictured, left), who was incapable of paying. Friends launched a website to solicit donations.
Gawker goes into detail about just how important Snyder was to Paul’s previous campaigns, and how much money he raised for the candidate. And yet, he became a casualty of the very policies Paul is touting for the rest of us.
Read it all, then consider this: someone at The Daily Paul — a Ron Paul SUPPORT site… thought it was a story worth posting, because they think it’s an atta-boy to Paul, rather than a stinging, rather creepy rebuke. Maybe that particular poster is a troll. I certainly hope so, cuz if not, damn.