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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.

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