Monday, September 12, 2011

Teachings of Jesus?

A bit of a startling moment happened near the end of Monday night's CNN debate when a hypothetical question was posed to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn't have health insurance? Who pays for his coverage? "Are you saying society should just let him die?" Wolf Blitzer asked.

"Yeah!" several members of the crowd yelled out.

Paul interjected to offer an explanation for how this was, more-or-less, the root choice of a free society. He added that communities and non-government institutions can fill the void that the public sector is currently playing. "We never turned anybody away form the hospital," he said of his volunteer work for churches and his career as a doctor. "We have given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves ... that's the reason the cost is so high."

The answer may have struck a truly libertarian tone but it was clearly overshadowed by the members of the crowd who enthusiastically cheered the prospect of letting a man die rather than picking up the tab for his coverage.


Sam said...

This is sickening but this is the world we live in, I KNOW!!! I travel all over the U.S. and it's filled with hateful asses. "Christians" can be some ruthless killers, just go visit Westboro in Kansas.

froggy said...

We were being bad and watching Design Star but I was reading twitter at the same time and caught a lot of highlights.

There are some people who are irresponsible about health care and they taint the pile. Once talked to a person bemoaning that they couldn't afford health care because... they would have to sell their boat. Okay... you may want to reframe your argument there because those folks in the audience probably heard it.

Beth said...

I was disgusted and appalled by this part of the debate. Ugh.

Joy said...

I recorded Design Star and am watching it now. Then I'll read your post, Froggy.

It breaks my heart that there are so many hateful jerks who are dangerous and vote.