Ron Paul Kent Snyder: Let Him Die? Personal Responsibility Unreasonable?

You may remember the CNN/Tea Party debate dust-up over health care in the recent televised debate. Physician and Congressman Ron Paul was asked if “society should let” a young person with no health insurance die, and who should pay the bill? See the video below for Paul’s statement. Today, a story is out that Ron Paul’s former, and now deceased, campaign manager, Kent Snyder, died of pneumonia at the age of 49. He died without insurance, but had a Master’s Degree.

Kent Snyder

As it turns out, Paul was not speaking purely in hypotheticals. Back in 2008, Kent Snyder — Paul’s former campaign chairman — died of complications from pneumonia. Like the man in Blitzer’s example, the 49-year-old Snyder (pictured) was relatively young and seemingly healthy* when the illness struck. He was also uninsured. When he died on June 26, 2008, two weeks after Paul withdrew his first bid for the presidency, his hospital costs amounted to $400,000. The bill was handed to Snyder’s surviving mother (pictured, left), who was incapable of paying. Friends launched a website to solicit donations. Source

The source of the story quoted Paul saying freedom is all about taking your own risks, and then the source explained for us what Paul meant: “So basically, yeah. He’d let him die.”

Mr. Snyder may not have been all that healthy, as his sister is quoted saying he had a pre-existing condition and premiums were too expensive. It is clear that Snyder did not die without medical care, but his mother was held responsible for the $400,000 bill. She couldn’t pay, and friends launched a website to help her out. As a campaign manager for Ron Paul, who raised a monumental $19.5 Million for Paul, I suspect the debt was paid.

But then, what is “too expensive,” especially when you have a Masters degree, and you know your own health is vulnerable? Would you try to find a job that paid enough to cover housing and food and insurance first? I would. Snyder was a believer of Paul’s philosophies and he choose not to do so. See a video of Kent Snyder on Conservative Roundtable in July 2007.

Ron Paul is right. We should not have to take care of “everybody,” but we can maintain a reasonable way for most people to take care of themselves, and we can enable States to find a way to do this for their residents. We allow all the freedom within our medical community possible, without a panel of government bureaucrats sitting in Washington, D.C. reviewing our records. We revamp how states buy insurance – let them buy services competitively. In the meantime, we cut-off Medicaid to those undeserving, and eliminate fraud in both Medicaid and Medicare. It’s like building the border fence, we can do it and it will work in most cases. Memeorandum has a thread here.

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Ron Paul on Health Care and Who Pays the Bill (video)

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  • Don Laird

    This I do not understand.

    I live in Canada.

    I have never, ever lacked in medical care, ever.

    I have never had to worry about going to a hospital and being turned away, ever.

    From Halifax to Vancouver, from Inuvik to Coutts, if I need a doctor I simply go to an emergency ward and I am attended to. Any immediate medications required were free with follow up medications purchased by me later

    With illnesses that required a different regimen of care, appointments would be made with regular clinics and a medical course of action would be followed.

    I will admit there are excesses in the system, wastage, overpaid workers, excessive staff and bloated administrative bureaucracies. This is cause for concern and creates conflict which is usually resolved.

    In Alberta and many other provinces basic medical coverage is free…..that’s right, I said FREE!!!!! You simply show your health care card and are admitted to see a doctor.

    There are some things like a private room or television that are not covered and will cost an extra fee but decent, quality, prompt medical attention is free.

    I don’t understand how you folks do it in the USA, I really, really don’t.

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

    • JF

      That’s because you live in Alberta, which is rich in oil. Here in Quebec I once heared a joke about a woman at the ermergency room with her two year’s old twins; she was still waiting to get a doctor who would have the time to deliver her babies

      • Don Laird

        As I said, from sea to sea in Canada I have never had a problem, ever.

        Alberta may be rich in oil but it is taxed to death in transfer payments which are then given to other “have not” provinces. There is the real waste. Taking tax dollars from a province with a common-sense capitalist government and giving it to to a province that is grossly irresponsible both administratively and financially.

        But medicare has always been a saving grace in Canada……

        Regards, Don Laird
        Edson, Alberta, Canada

  • Medicaid and Medicare is what makes for $400,000 medical bills. That is part of the point that Dr. Paul was making. Every doctor has to have at least one billing person in their practice just to be on the phone with the insurance company all day long. The whole insurance business is a huge mess, but its government involvement that got us to this point, not the lack thereof.

    Another point to make is that Americans have a hard time giving a tithe to their churches when the government takes so much to pay for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Which would be a more efficient distribution of funds.

    The insurance companies are a bunch of crooks in my opinion and if you map out the bigger ones, you find massive bankster interlock. I agree that we need competition with regard to purchasing insurance and not make it connected to your employer. But that makes too much sense and TPTB won’t relinquish their control easily.

    Had Mr. Snyder come down with pneumonia in 1962, he would have been most likely been treated in his own home with house-calls for a fraction of the price.

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  • Alexandra Sciaky

    Snyder was gay. Really, why would a gay man support these jerks? Not very good judgement. Pre-existing condition was probably AIDS related. The TEA party would burn gays at the stake if they could get away with it. House calls? Give me a break! He had a chance in the hospital, at home, none at all. Want to go back to 1962 standards of care? Be my guest.

    • Alexandra, you need to speak for yourself and not the Tea Party. You don’t know me or many, obviously. Take it elsewhere.

  • Alan

    Gawker is aptly named. Their writers gawk and put their minds in liberal neutral, not much different from the neoconservative neutral shown by Santorum in the debate when Ron Paul suggested that our meddling in the Middle East is what motivated the 9-11 attack–mouth open with a look of incredulity on his face.

  • People should remember or learn that 99.9 % of Austrian economics, as it applies to our current system, is about peace, shining a very bright light on congress, FED, CIA, executive powers, honesty, freely trading ideas, goods, services, and liberation of people in federal prison for simple, non-violent drug crimes. Domestic policy and some entitlements are small potatoes compared to the exceptionalist, interventionist foreign policy

  • No proof of group, authoritarian rights. Animals always defend themselves. Mammals defend themselves and their young. Humans have brains capable of running their bodies without assistance from a central planner, or a mob of people with opinions. Tell me all of the Mr. Green Jeans of the world, how many mpg does a tank get or a drone get when it kills an innocent baby, mom or dad? This is the result of a bankrupt group of central planners who judge groups instead of the content of the character of the individual. They fill their armies with the poor and their prisons with the poor, often for weed

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