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January 3, 2012
Ron Paul Wants Higher Health Costs for People With AIDS
Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R–Texas) defended a controversial statement about AIDS during a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace on January 1. “The individual suffering from AIDS is certainly a victim, frequently a victim of his own lifestyle, but this same individual victimizes individual citizens by forcing them to pay for his care,” Paul wrote in his 1987 book Freedom Under Siege. When asked if he still supported this position, Paul maintained that people with AIDS often got the disease because of their personal behavior. He added that the financial burden for their care should not be placed on “innocent” people. Paul would not deny people with AIDS health care insurance, but he would let the market and insurance companies sort it out, directly implying that people with AIDS should pay more.
Watch the Fox News interview (comments begin at 3:08):
To read "Ron Paul, Chris Wallace Need AIDS Education" in the POZ Blogs, click here.
Jstarko, Salt Lake City, 2012-01-10 12:08:13
How about pregnancy. Oops, you got pregnant..your own fault. Now everybody else has to foot the bill for your tax exemptions because you've had 5 kids.
brucejh, Randolph, 2012-01-10 08:52:23
Skin Cancer? Too much time in the sun, your fault. Kidney stones? You ate a diet too high in Calcium, your fault. Hit and badly injured by a drunk driver? You were in a car on the road, your fault. Bad knees at 81? You lived too long, your fault. Screw him.
Simon, New York, 2012-01-09 15:22:32
Not fit to be president. Out of touch with reality and has bad judgement. Just a republican old fart really.
kpatrick, los angeles, 2012-01-09 12:13:23
bottom line is that the government can only fund or subsidize programs by TAKING money from someone and giving it to someone else... which is essentially stealing.
ron paul is a medical doctor and knows what he is talking about - he realizes it's not ALWAYS the persons fault for having AIDS but what america is doing is robbing from the rich (middle america mostly) and giving to the poor. this is not democracy and capitalism - it's socialism.
Ole, NYC, 2012-01-07 14:51:44
Homophobia, plain and simple.
Peter Ziba, Lusaka, 2012-01-06 08:41:54
I wished I had known. I wished I had known that I would be infected with the virus by taking care of my own brother who was critically ill. I wished I had known that even inocent children, have a lifestle that would cause HIV to infect them, I wished I had known that another person's missbahaviour is another person infected with HIV's behaviour.
Many people suffer the problems of HIV not because they were involved in sexual misbehaving but because they were involve in accidents or otherwise.
mark, vancouver, 2012-01-06 01:32:07
If ron paul believes that AIDS victims are the result of their own ill behavior,then what about the fat slob who knew they ate too much but put their overweight backside in that stste-bought scooter,or the smoker who's recieving chemotherapy,or the obese diabetic/heart patient who eats at mcdonalds everyday.my point is that most diseases are a result of a lifestyle choice....dfoesnt mean you have to die for it.what a sanctimonious loser this ron paul character seems to be
Rich, Austin, 2012-01-05 16:29:32
Quote from the article.
“The individual suffering from AIDS is certainly a victim," and yet a title like "Ron Paul Wants Higher Health Costs for People With AIDS" sure paints a pretty picture, doesn't it? America isn't about relying on a nanny welfare state to take care of all of their problems, but by the way this piece is written you would think we were all born with stamped and certified SSD checks in our diapers. Who pays for this? The private sector and middle class! BTW, that's you and me
Amanda, Dallas, 2012-01-05 16:13:53
Please people, wake up and smell the welfare checks.
This article is biased and has no basis in reality. I'm glad to see everyone on this site has been watching their required FOX News programming this week- you can almost hear Rachel Maddow's scream now! Oh no! No more massive redistribution of wealth? What are we ever going to doooooo?
Not like the author or the site is going to post this comment anyway. I can see most pro-RP comments have been censored or trashed.
Way to go America.
Ray, Tokyo, Japan, 2012-01-05 16:12:42
1st, Paul said, the Victim of aids is certainely a victim. So, they are victims. But, frequently of their own lifestyle, which means most of the time, it's their behaviors such as sex (in general), sex with multiple partners, sharing needles etc. Then goes on to say that the victim, victimizes other people to pay for their care. Which is essentially, his beef with taxes in general because if you really cared, you wouldn't have to coerce money, people would be rising up to just donate money.
Kurt, Novi, Mi, 2012-01-05 15:41:49
Ron Paul does not see color, gay, straight, or anything else. He sees everyone as equal...as his comments reflect. If you want to talk smack about someone; talk about the fact that Chris Wallace tries to paint his comments as homophobic by saying that AIDS is a homosexual disease; Ron Paul is so far away from that tyoe of thinking he doesn't realize what Wallace is trying to do. Watch videos of his speeches in youtube and see for yourself. You must look at the broader issues to connect all.
Matt, Broomfield, 2012-01-05 15:39:56
That is fine, but then by the same token, I should no longer have to pay taxes for schools because I do not have children. Why should I bare the financial burden for a section of society that doesn't know what a condom is???
Greg, St. Petersburg, 2012-01-05 15:38:25
I contracted the virus before there was even a name for it and it has affected my life for the past 25+ years. It changes your perspective when at first you think you're not going to make it more than a year or two at best. Now, the pharmaceutical companies rip us off on meds that the R&D was mostly paid for with our tax dollars. RP is a POS person and should join the tin man in looking for a heart.
Raymond, , 2012-01-05 15:32:17
Well, if that's the case, then we should apply the same thinking toward people with unhealthy diets who develop heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol or hypertension. And smokers who develop lung disease. And athletes who break bones. Where does it stop?
Agnes Dinga, greensboro, 2012-01-05 13:49:05
Ron Paul is a Medical doctor with no sympathy. He sees the world in a dense lens. I hate when people lump all GOP. After GW Bush did more to HIV/AIDS than Obama. RP believe in a world where every one is self sufficient but that world was the Garden of Eden and does not exist anymore. He ran away from practicing medicine to politics where he can spew hate and then make excuses by claiming libertarian opinion. People are watching but so too is God. It is time HIV medications to be turn to generics