Wolf Blitzer: Let me ask you this hypothetical question. A healthy 30-yearold 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.” Something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it. Who’s going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example?
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): In a society that you accept welfare-ism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of it. … He should do whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would be have a major medical policy. But not forced—
Blitzer: But 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 to take care of everybody.
Blitzer: But congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die? Crowd: Yeah! Yeah! —Exchange at CNN/Tea Party Express debate among GOP
presidential contenders moderated by Wolf Blitzer.