Tea Party crowd cheers hypothetical death of 30-year-old man in a coma without insurance
Blitzer >> You're a physician, Ron Paul, you're a doctor. You know something about this subject. Let me ask you this hypothetical question. A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides I'm not going to spend 200 or $300 a month because I'm healthy, i don't need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it. Who will pay if he goes into a coma, who pays for that?
Paul >> In a society that you accept welfarism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of him.
Blitzer >> What do you want?
Paul >> What he should do is whatever he wants to do and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would have a major al policy.
Blitzer >> He doesn't have that and he needs intensive care for six months. Who pays?
Paul >> That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody --
Audience >> [applause]
Blitzer >> but congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?
Audience >> [shouts of "yeah!"]