Don’t you just love that song by Cyndi Lauper, ‘True Colors’? That song came to mind tonight after watching the CNN Republican Tea Party Debate.
The candidates answered the questions as expected, although Mitt Romney and John Perry sparred more tonight than at any other debate. Clearly these two front runners are trying to differentiate themselves from the other candidates, and want to show Americans that they are strong in their convictions.
But aside from Romney and Perry’s theatrics, one thing occurred that made me hit the pause button and sit closer to the TV. I hit rewind on the remote and listened for a second time to the hypothetical scenario CNN host Wolf Blitzer threw at Congressman Ron Paul. "A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what, I'm not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I'm healthy, I don't need it, but something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it. Who's going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example? Who pays for that?" Blitzer asked.
Here is how Paul responded:
Paul: “Well, in a society that you accept welfarism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of him.”
Blitzer: “Well, what do you want?”
Paul: “But what he should do is whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would have a major medical policy, but not be forced..”
Blitzer: “But he doesn't have that. He doesn't have it, 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..”
Blitzer: “But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?”
At this moment two people from the audience yelled, “yes” followed by thunderous applause.
And I'll see your true colors
I see your true colors
This is not a hypothetical. This is not some person making a good living. This is not a person choosing to simply stop paying for insurance because he is healthy and wants to use this money elsewhere. This is someone who stops paying insurance because he wants to keep his house, wants to feed his children, and wants to keep his electricity on. This is a person who is gambling that they will stay healthy when the house has all the odds, yes, let’s let them die. An American’s life is not worth paying for.
And that’s why I love you…