Death without health insurance is a laughing matter at tea party debate

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures during a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Dying because you lack health insurance is apparently a laughing matter to some — especially tea party members and supporters.

Which may explain why so many in the audience laughed, cheered and shouted out “yeah” when Republican/Libertarian Presidential candidate Ron Paul was asked during Monday’s tea party Presidential debate that if a healthy, 30-year-old man without health insurance suddenly went into a coma and needed intensive and expensive treatment, should “society should just let him die?”

To his credit, Paul disagreed with the bloodthirsty and insensitive crowd, saying that there are alternatives to government-funded health care and noting that when churches took care of medical costs “we never turned anybody away from the hospital.”

But Paul’s compassion was buried beneath an avalanche of audience crassness that has come to exemplify politics and so-called grassroots movements like the tea party.

Even Texas Gov. Rick Perry seemed to think the bloodlust in the debate crowd was unnerving.

“I was a bit taken aback by that myself,” Perry told NBC News. “We are the party of life. We ought to be coming up with ways to save lives.”

Ironically, during Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential run, his 49-year-old campaign manager, Kent Snyder, died of pneumonia and left his family with more than $400,000 in medical bills because he did not have health insurance.

 

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12 Responses to "Death without health insurance is a laughing matter at tea party debate"

  1. Ben  September 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Excuse me but if you listen to the audio there were only one or two people who shouted Yeah so to say that the whole crowd is bloodthirsty and insensitive is absolutely ridiculous. Listen to the whole context of the clip and you’ll hear that people cheered at the idea of personal responsibility, not the hypothetical “death” of a 30 year old man who made enough money to buy health insurance but decided he didn’t want to.

    • marsha  September 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

      Excuse me I listened to the whole clip they were cheering at the idea that if you do not have health insurance as punishment we will let you die.

    • M A Perkins  September 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Indeed, 2 to 4 said “Yeah”, with more laughing, but how many said, “No”? It seems that the audience silently agreed that he should die.

  2. Alex Sanchez  September 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Ron Paul does NOT sound like a president. More like a whiney 3-year old.

    • baal  September 15, 2011 at 2:07 am

      Ron Paul is a bigot, plain and simple

  3. Jeffy  September 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

    What kind of sick people think that’s an acceptable response? Greedy, heartless, teabagger, self centered libertarian Republicans who worship corporations over their own fellow citizens, that’s who. It doesn’t matter if it was only a few people. Obviously the audience and candidates made them feel this was an acceptable thing to yell out. “Yeah!” let him die! Any real human being was shocked to hear it, but no candidate dared say anything about it until the next day when their handlers told them maybe cheering for death won’t win swing voters.

  4. Almandine  September 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Liberty versus the illusion of security… the issue remains the same.

    Interesting how a group whose age must have averaged well over 60 – not a mere 30 – could take the classical liberal perspective and not embrace the nanny state.

  5. Bill Cravener  September 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    What I want to know is where in the hell does one acquire health insurance for just 2 to 3 hundred dollars? I’m 60 years old self-employed and pay some $800 a month with a high deductible. 2 to 3 hundred dollars a month? That’s bullshit!!

  6. Sandune  September 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    You’re right bill. Before I took Social Security and Medicare with a supplemental policy, my monthly policy with Blue Shield was $600 per month and I was in excellent health. With Social Security and Medicare I still had to pay a policy of $150 for my supplemental and $100 a month was taken out of my Social Security check.

    When my girls sent to the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, their health insurance was covered by the University. That was an incredible help as I had opened my own book store and still had to pay their tuition, text books and lab fees. We made it! My husband never paid a dime on their education because they were only girls.

    • Jon  September 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

      And how long did it take you to dump him and get a new husband?

  7. Tom  September 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    In 2001 my daughter age 7 had BCBS for a mere 110/mo. It kept creeping up until I canceled it in 2008 when she was 14. It had gone up to 308/mo. She has no health problems but this policy went up 278%. I finally found another policy and it went up this year 20%. I hope the R’s get what they want and get rid of obamacare. Maybe then the ins. cos. will raise their rates even more and all the companies that provide coverage will stop and everyone working will have to prove they are healthy and buy their own ins. Then the economy can take another hit since the people will be even more unable to buy products.

  8. charity  September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Interesting how those who chose to laugh, not to mention the ones who yelled out “Yeah! let him die”
    are so confident to think that would never happen to one of them! My God look at what this country has turned into!

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