Ron Paul Dead Wrong about Charity Covering Medical Costs for Uninsured

So for those that missed it, there is currently a guy running for President under the Republican banner that would rather sit and watch his fellow citizens die than have a government set up by, for, and of the people do anything about it.  His position is that, without the dang gubmint getting in the way, private charity will pick up the slack.

This is not only something Ron Paul just says, he really and truly believes this crap.    Truly….

At CNN’s Tea Party-indulging debateon Monday, Ron Paul, a medical doctor, faced a pointed line of questioning from Wolf Blitzer regarding the case of an uninsured young man who suddenly found himself in dire need of intensive health care.

Should the state pay his bills? Paul responded, “That’s what freedom is all about: taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to take care of everybody—”

He never quite finished that point, letting the audience’s loud applause finish it for him. So Blitzer pressed on, asking if he meant that “society should just let him die,” which earned a chilling round of approving hoots from the crowd. Paul would not concede that much outright, instead responding with a personal anecdote, the upshot being that in such a case, it was up to churches to care for the dying young man. So basically, yeah. He’d let him die.

As it turns out, Paul was not speaking purely in hypotheticals. Back in 2008, Kent Snyder — Paul’s former campaign chairman — died of complications from pneumonia. Like the man in Blitzer’s example, the 49-year-old Snyder (pictured) was relatively young and seemingly healthy* when the illness struck. He was also uninsured. When he died on June 26, 2008, two weeks after Paul withdrew his first bid for the presidency, his hospital costs amounted to $400,000. The bill was handed to Snyder’s surviving mother (pictured, left), who was incapable of paying. Friends launched a website to solicit donations.

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It’s actually this last bit I want to talk about.   One of the things that Ron Paul said would alleviate these issues, absent any sort of government rules or regulations, are private charities.  In this case we have $400,000 in bills racked up without insurance…and so a fundraising drive was started to cover these.  According to Ron Paul, this should work out fine.

How did that work out?

Even for someone intimately connected to the power brokers at the top of the food chain, even after paying the ultimate Libertarian price, Ron Paul’s ideas don’t work.

Now try and apply those same ideas to everyone….and you see that they work even less.

Woohoo, more striking evidence for climate deniers to ignore

Reports Disagree on Arctic Ice Coverage; Agree It’s Melting Faster Than Usual – International Business Times

“This stunning loss of Arctic sea ice is yet another wake-up call that climate change is here now and is having devastating effects around the world,” Shaye Wolf, climate science director at the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, said to journalists recently.

Compared to 1972, when the data was first being observed, the rate of decline is twice as fast. A recent assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicated in 30-40 years, the Arctic could be largely ice free. The last time this happened? 125,000 years ago.

“The sea ice retreat can no more be explained with the natural variability from one year to the next, caused by weather influence,” stated Georg Heygster, head of the Institute’s Physical Analysis of Remote Sensing Images Unit. “Climate models show, rather, that the reduction is related to the man-made global warming which, due to the albedo effect, is particularly pronounced in the Arctic.”

China wins again by doing it right

Solyndra: House committee grills officials over failed solar firm –

“The rest of the world takes the industry enormously seriously,” Silver said. “It’s a multitrillion-dollar market that will create tens of thousands of jobs. “We invented this technology and we should produce it here. … This is a battle we must fight and win.” Solyndra officials cited foreign competition, particularly from China, as a significant cause of the company’s failure. Chinese companies, which receive billions of dollars in government funding, are producing similar products at a fraction of the cost that Solyndra could, the company said.