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?
That’s the question put to Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) by Wolf Blitzer in the closing moments of Monday night’s Tea Party Express/CNN GOP Debate.
Before Paul could answer, several members of the Tea Party laden audience enthusiastically shouted out “Yeah!”
Yeah, let him die! Yeah!
Nobody in the crowd objected.
And then, right there, you got to see exactly who and what Ron Paul really is.
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I feel that the capitalist system should pay for the care of its people who are suffering from symptoms of living in it. It's no wonder that most people have some kind of vice. We get constant mixed messages. Pop culture and media glorifies rebellion and conformity. Everyone should share but don't take mine. If you don't own a jet you're a failure. We are taught sex is dirty and bad then they use sex to sell everything from beer to kids toys. Everybody gets confused and many people develop a defeatist attitude. "Fuck it. I'll do something I like, that I can afford." Have some oreos, get drunk, smoke, screw somebody, go running, whatever.
And anybody that says to just stop doing x, probably hasn't dealt with it themselves. I quit smoking and it is a bitch. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. Lots of people can't stop. I started because it was encouraged when I was young. Everybody did it. It was on TV and in magazines. Be somebody, have a Marlboro.
Well, I think there are two effects here:
1. They don't see their health care costs as mattering, as they are such a small fraction of their income. So they just don't understand why people who aren't rich are having such difficulties.
2. They have much more in common with the health insurance executives that do actually stand do lose significantly with this sort of legislation. They are part of the same club, and tend to stick together.
Nope, they absolutely wouldn't. In fact, after a few years of transition time, they wouldn't need to be any higher than the current Medicare tax of 2.9%. It would take a few years to wring the inefficiencies and distortions out of the system, after all. But yeah, that should be all that is required: 2.9%.
At an absolute maximum, initially you might need to double that to 5.8%. But once the inefficiencies are cleared out, it should be able to drop back down.