Rep. Ron Paul is not going to take away your Medicare.
That’s what the Republican congressman from Texas told a room full of senior citizens in Concord, N.H. Friday night.
“I would try to preserve it,” said Paul at a small assisted living community.
Health care was one of the top concerns of those in the room, who asked Paul to explain his view that churches and voluntary institutions could take over the delivery of medicine.
Paul said that the solution is not to close everything overnight.
His approach allows letting people who don’t want government health care to get out of the system and write it off their taxes.
“I think that’s proper in a free society,” said Paul. “You should not be pushed into corporate medicine by the government.”
The question was inspired by a question posed to Paul at the CNN/Tea Party debate in early September.
Paul was asked whether an uninsured 30-year-old working man in coma should be treated.
“We’ve given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves or assume responsibility for ourselves,” Paul said at the time. “Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it.”
An informal survey of voters in the room by ABC News found that most of audience was still undecided.
That falls in line with ABC News polling which states that almost 50 percent of registered Republican voters are still undecided.
When asked by ABC News what they thought of Paul, a group of elderly women all remarked, “I learned a lot.”
Later, when asked if they planned to vote for Paul, they all said in unison, “We’re all waiting to hear Herman Cain to speak.”