AlterNet + Gawker…What Could Go Wrong?
Another reason to loathe liberals….they are (kind of) making me defend Ron Paul.
Behold the fools at Gawker talking about Paul’s answer to a question about caring for the uninsured at the CNN debate on Monday.
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…was relatively young and seemingly healthy when the illness struck. He was also uninsured. [The Kansas City Star quoted his sister at the time as saying that a “a pre-existing condition made the premiums too expensive.”] 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.
Notice something interesting that the idiots at Gawker seem to have missed..Snyder received almost $400,000 in medical care. You mean doctors and hospitals treated his condition? They didn’t just kick him out and let wander the streets until he collapsed in a dumpster to die? But that’s unposible since he was uninsured or something.
This casual conflation of “lack of insurance” with “lack of care” is the mark of someone who is dishonest or stupid. In other words, your average liberal blogger.
Now, having insurance is better than not for a lot of reasons but I have it on good authority that people with insurance die all the time. The issue is care and the liberal universal coverage Utopia will actually lead to less access and lower quality care. But hey, we’ll all have an insurance card on us!
As an aside, this whole thing begins with an absolute lie about what Paul actually said.
This is an unbelievably sad story, and it proves that Ron Paul was serious when he said (to audience applause) at Monday’s CNN-Tea Party debate that society should allow uninsured people to die.
That would be abominable if it weren’t for one small, slight, little problem, he said the EXACT OPPOSITE.
BLITZER: But he doesn’t have that. He doesn’t have it, and he needs intensive care for six months. Who pays?
PAUL: That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody —
BLITZER: But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?
PAUL: No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals.
Blitzer’s hypothetical deals with a case of someone who is “A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what? I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it.” That doesn’t exactly apply to Snyder who had a pre-existing condition. But hey, there was a point to be made, no matter how stupid or misinformed it was.
I expect to be annoyed at liberals for this kind of idiocy but when they make me defend Ron Paul, well, there are some things that can not be forgiven.