During the Tea Party Express Republican primary debate, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul about a 30-year-old man who was in a coma but did not have health care insurance. Blitzer asked who should pay for his health care.
“What he should do is whatever he wants to do,” Paul replied. “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare to take care of everybody...”
“Are you saying society should just let him die?” Blitzer asked.
The audience responded with shouts of “Yes!”
“We’ve given up on this concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves, our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it,” Paul explained. “This is the reason the cost is so high… We have lack of competition. There’s no competition in medicine. Everybody’s protected by licensing ”