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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.
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
dbeck, TX, 2012-01-05 11:25:08
I have worked in HIV for 13 years. My husband and I have this discussion more often than I care to remember. It's no wonder PLWHA have to deal with stigma when so many people blame them for getting HIV in the first place. This is the first time I have heard it said publicly, I hope it's the last time. Disgusting.
VirginiaGuy, Alexandria, 2012-01-05 10:12:25
Ron Paul wants to let the health insurance industry "sort it out" for health insurance for people with AIDS? They will sort it out by denying coverage or charging so much that they are basically denying service. Paul's simplistic approach to governing is dangerous and would harm ALL citizens, not just PWAs. No Republican has offered ANY reasonable solutions while Obama had shown time and again his steadfast support for the AIDS community. Obama should be reelected without question!
Tony, Scranton, PA, 2012-01-04 21:39:10
Obiously, RP is an idiot, but He hasn't said anything we haven't heard before. Why should it shock us that the GOP's nutjob of the week says this when the sentiment is so widespread? The only surprising thing is we don't hear more of it. When highly affected segments like gays and minorities say these things, we look the other way. When the words come from the GOP, it makes the news? WTF? Change starts at home people! Put your foot down with family and friends, then deal with the crazies.
lp, lewisville, 2012-01-04 20:06:34
he's a d*%k! we ask for this .they don't mind taking our money when we are healthy.we pay dearly on our taxes.god for give i have 5 children!
cyberian, Minneapolis, 2012-01-04 04:28:19
This guy is so out of touch with reality, he fails to recognize beyond prosperity. If he is going to use that argument, why not lump the elderly in there as well - medicare? medicaid? Why are we paying into Social Security for the government to tap into in exchange for IOUs??? Should we really have to put our retirement income fund at risk for their 'budgetary behavior'?
Norton, California, 2012-01-04 02:45:46
The problem is that we make hiv genetic drugs for other countries but rip-off the american victims of this disease. Now, they want to stop americans from getting basic drugs from Canada. All because of greed and hunger for material things by the pharmaceutical lions! Imagine the above as the new president. Its sad to see young latin and blacks infected by aids for life.
EricTheRedRibbon, Colorado Springs, 2012-01-04 00:31:26
Even people that try to do all they can to stay Hiv negative, sometimes get infected. I was really careful, but still contracted the virus. Somethings were out of my control, and that doesnt mean im a bad, or dirty, or an immoral person. It also shouldnt subject me to a life of poverty and in total need. How many tax breaks is he trying to get for the 1%ers? They wont pay a dime for anything. But they are taxing the hell out of the sick and poor. This man CANT get elected! Simply CANT!
drourke, San Francisco, 2012-01-03 22:38:40
As if the headline wasn't crazy enough...his comments in the interview are even more appalling...
Mike, Houston, 2012-01-03 21:17:33
Ron Paul should not even be allowed to be in public service his remarks are inhumane and an abomination to the progress that the world has made in the fight against the stigma that this horrible disease brings! what a horrible person Ron Paul IS!!!!!!!!!! THANKS GOD HE WILL NEVER BE ELECTED!
Michael Watton, Madison, 2012-01-03 19:10:05
I think if they charge us with higher insurance then go a head but please charge the cancer people who smoke more as well, AND how about the cost from having children and the medical costs for raising them, give it some thought
Berry, Atlanta, 2012-01-03 17:51:23
Ignorance at its best! A disease acquired by "personal behavior". Has this man ever heard of diabetes, hypertension and obesity?
Jay, Houston, 2012-01-03 17:18:51
Our current administrations successful Policy... How about focusing on current dillemas?
As of December 15, 2011; there are currently 4,333 total individuals in 12 states according to the latest Kaiser Foundation Reports
Alabama 90,Florida 1,078 Georgia 1,175, Idaho 11 Louisiana 575 Montana 10 Nebraska 12 ,North Carolina 113 ,South Carolina 140 Utah 27
President Regan was killing queers, what's this one doing? Where's the outcry?