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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.
Tez Anderson, SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-02-14 14:17:17
Ron Paul's America is bleak place indeed. I'm glad he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of becoming president. However, his rival Rick Santorum is currently the front runner in the GOP race and he's the one we have to stop. He has an abnormal hatred of homos. He's the one that frightens me.
Davina Theriaque, Greenfield, 2012-02-11 20:12:54
ok SO WHAT ABOUT CANCER, say lung cancer, the people who smoke? or the people who remove aspesdus , they should have chose a different job. OR PEOPLE WHO are obiese with heart problems they should eat and excersize more mindfully. Oh and the people who are diabetic, and eat sugar they all should pay more too dont ya think
Steve, Las Vegas, 2012-02-04 18:17:54
This is nothing friends. Just imagine what would happen if god forbid something 'happened', whether swiftly or over time, that led the government having a reason to cut off HIV meds to those in need in this country. Depending on daily medicine to prevent AIDS is a dangerous place to feel safe. The fact that someone has been cured should make every last one of you dead bent on achieving a cure in yourselves so you won't have to find out what happens when the system changes. history repeats. WW2
Justsaying09, Northern California, 2012-01-28 21:56:56
There seems to be a lot of victim mentality going on because of Ron Paul’s comments! Those of us with HIV or AIDS are not victims! Insurance companies are not charities—they are in the business to make profits. People with pre-existing conditions are sick more often and they reduce the profits of insurance companies. The hard reality is that those with pre-existing medical conditions have to pay more for health insurance. I have a male friend who broke up with his partner after 20 years an
Marc, , 2012-01-26 14:42:00
OUTRAGEOUS !!! PEOPLE WITH HIV HAVE A HARD ENOUGH TIME AS IT IS. THAT'S REPUBLICAN COMPASSION FOR YOU. VOTE AGAINST THIS MAN!!!
Chip Booher, Los Angeles, 2012-01-24 15:30:14
Who gets to decide what behavior should be considered careless? We have become wiser than this over time. We have learned that in ignoring illness we all suffer. One act of unprotected sex may leader HIV; should we not care for children of unwed mothers or HIV positive newborns? Should we stop caring for those that overweight? We do research on illnesses and teach others how to avoid becoming ill by caring. An MD with this line of thinking frightens me. Pointing fingers is nonproductive .
dwight chicago, Chicago, 2012-01-23 21:00:38
This is the 1st time that I have seen this video about Ron Paul, I heard people talk about it, but this is the 1st time I am seening it, one question,what has he been smoking.
boxer, ashland, 2012-01-21 21:34:49
I would vote for Satan Himself before I would waste a vote on Ronboy. I am not shocked considering he is identical to his son who is an idiot.Why take the Doctor's Oath to help people with that attitude.NO wonder his practice was a failure.
Many reason why people get sick and he has not right to pass judgement ever.I like to think that we still live in a country that has compassion for those in need and I do not mind one bit my tax money goes to help ill instead of bullets & guns
joseph, st. louis, 2012-01-21 05:35:40
I agree the public shouldn't have to pay but at the same time many of jus living with hiv do not pay the premiums for health insurance it is paid through the ryan white foundation which already pays for so much of our care and when the premiums are raised this program would not have enough funds to pay for all of us leaving us to die just because we made a mistake like many people do when they get pregnant and make the welfare pay for their childerens medical food and houseing does that mean we
Andrew, Atlanta, 2012-01-19 13:11:18
Hello d'bag, we already pay more, my premiums rose and continue to rise every year, and have you ever tried to buy the $1600.00 medicine monthly????? You've already convinced the drug companies that 10+ years after lowering the level of the medication to a level 2, it is now, once again, labeled a "specialty" drug and people are stuck with 25% of that cost to stay alive, monthly. Please tell me how it is we are not paying more? My wallet speaks quite the contrary
Luiz, Florida, 2012-01-15 14:29:38
What amazes me its that this individual its against public health care in othe words he thinks illegal immigrants that account for over 15million in USA should have free helath care on everyones tab because they dont pay and hospitals cannot deny treatment but people living with aids which accounts for way less than 100k impacts our healt insurance price what ignorance. Plus he is stereotyping and promoting discrimination because not everyone contracted the virus from bad or risk behavior.
Andy, , 2012-01-13 04:53:01
John, to be certain, Paul is saying a LOT more than "healthcare is not a right". There are plenty of libertarians who could say such a thing without volunteering the moralistic opinion that people with HIV are "victims of their own lifestyle". Let him start saying that about people with obesity, which is far more costly, preventable and prevalent, and we'll chalk it up to his libertarian pecadillos. Until then, he's another f***ing serophobe.
Lucy, Washington, 2012-01-10 23:28:21
For comments such as this as well as other atrocities against those with HIV/Aids. Its no wonder why it has taken this long to see progress. Wake up people, if the roles were reversed I don't think he would be singing the same tune.
John, Louisville, 2012-01-10 13:24:25
Paul is simply stating that healthcare is not a right. Disease and poor health are unfortunate everyday realities, but regardless of the variety of affliction, it is not the role of the government to keep the population healthy, and certainly not at the expense of the taxpayers. Most seem to be missing the point that RP has not isolated this stance to those seeking HIV/AIDS treatment, but wants to cut MANY subsidized programs, which would subsequently create competition and competitive pricing.
Kevin, Walla Walla, 2012-01-10 12:36:41
Tell that to all the AIDS victims in Africa, where the disease is found across all sexualities. Reagan put us ten yrs behind in AIDS research on the assumption that it was a 'gay' only disease. Paul is the present day version of the same idiocy.