Ron Paul warns that America’s health care system is in dire need of reform and that more government intervention is not the answer.
Speaking at a health care series on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Paul told the crowd of mainly congressional staffers that President Obama’s health care initiative falls short in controlling spiraling health care costs and improving delivery.
Paul favors Americans transitioning into medical savings accounts.
Paul said his system would not only increase competition and improve technology, but it would bring down prices for everyone.
Paul added that his system prevents rationing, which he predicts will occur.
To drive his point home, Paul told the story of a 75-year-old man he met at church who recently received a heart transplant.
“That won’t happen under Obamacare,” Paul said. “He won’t qualify … you are not going to get a new heart when you’re 70 or 80 years old. ”
Paul also said his marketplace approach would do away with the Food and Drug Administration, which he said does more harm than good.
As proof, Paul said his grandson was helped by a cancer drug that only became available after years and years of roadblocks.
But Paul’s bold plans are often at odds with reality. At a recent GOP debate, Paul was asked a hypothetical question about whether an uninsured 30-year-old working man in coma should be treated.
“What he should do is whatever he wants to do and assume responsibility for himself,” Paul responded, adding, “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risk. This whole idea that you have to compare and take care of everybody…”
The audience erupted into cheers, cutting off the Congressman’s sentence.
After a pause, Paul was asked, “Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?” to which a small number of audience members shouted, “Yeah!”
Paul, a doctor trained in obstetrics and gynecology, said when he got out of medical school in the 1960s “the churches took care of them.”
“We never turned anybody away from the hospital,” he said. “We’ve given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves or assume responsibility for ourselves. Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it. That’s the reason the cost is so high.”
That answer prompted fear among a group of seniors at an assisted living center in New Hampshire, who worried out loud that Paul would take their Medicare away.
“I would try to preserve it,” said Paul at a small assisted living community, adding that the solution is not to close everything overnight.