In keeping true to his limited government stance on healthcare, and the costs associated with it, Presidential candidate Ron Paul advocated that people should be allowed to take the risks of personal choice when it comes to healthcare insurance, and that the medical industry should legalize more alternative forms of care during the Republican Tea Party debate on September 12th.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a doctor, was asked a hypothetical question by CNN host Wolf Blitzer about how society should respond if a healthy 30-year-old man who decided against buying health insurance suddenly goes into a coma and requires intensive care for six months. Paul–a fierce limited-government advocate– said it shouldn’t be the government’s responsibility. “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks,” Paul said and was drowned out by audience applause as he added, “this whole idea that you have to prepare to take care of everybody…”
Paul voiced support for legalizing alternative health care and argued that the reason medical costs have skyrocketed is that individuals have stopped taking personal responsibility for their health care. – Yahoo News, The Ticket
As a medical practitioner for decades before entering into politics, Ron Paul has both the knowledge and experience of working as a Doctor in America before full time government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and private programs such as HMO’s, grew to control the heathcare industry. With the growth of these private and public sector programs, the costs have grown exponentially each decade, and can now make affordable healthcare insurance a burden.
Many Americans think that healthcare is solely tied to the reactionary functions of a hospital and Doctor once someone already has an illness. However, total heathcare involves prevention, as well as education, which once again hearkens back to a time when common illnesses were taken care of in the households through the use of natural remedies, diet, and common practices passed down, usually from mother to daughter.
The tragedy of American compassion is that we have become a society that refuses to allow people to live with the consequences of their choices, and to instead seek government welfare to pay for our decisions with the money of other taxpayers. Free market capitalism proves that the cost of something will always move towards affordability if supply and demand are balanced in the industry that is involved. With the government programs of Medicare and Medicaid growing to encompass hundreds of billions of dollars each year, the subsequent rise in healthcare costs have been assured due to the price inflation caused by these programs.
Congressman, and Presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks from not only experience, but of historical and economic relevance when he advocates that the government needs to get out of the healthcare system, and that people should be allowed to choose whether to spend their money on healthcare insurance, or live with the consequences of their decisions.