The shocking video below from the Tea Party debate Monday night shows members of the Tampa, Florida audience enthusiastically cheering the idea that an uninsured patient should not be helped because they don't have health insurance, and that they should even be left to die if they encounter a serious health problem. Stay classy, Florida.
The Tea Party debate Monday night had its moments, but the most shocking moment came when a hypothetical question was asked to Rep. Ron Paul. Essentially the question coming from Wolf Blitzer was what do you do when a man goes into a coma and doesn’t have health insurance? "Are you saying society should just let him die?" Wolf Blitzer asks.
And that’s when the crowd reared its ugly head – with emphasis on ugly. "Yeah!" several members of the audience yell out in the video below, promoting the idea that an uninsured patient should be left to die.
Ron Paul thankfully jumps in and explains how a situation like this is a risk citizens should have the choice to make in a free society, and that he does not believe in letting a patient die even if they don't have health insurance.
"We never turned anybody away from the hospital," the Republican says in the video 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."
He added that non-government institutions can fill the void that the public sector is currently playing for, trying to squash the premise that uninsured patients should be left to die. We don’t think the Tampa, Florida audience heard much of Paul’s answer, though, as they were too busy getting their own upside opinions about healthcare out in the open.