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Dr. Rand Paul Talks to Glenn Beck About Healthcare Rationing

Posted on August 17 2009 1:15 am
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Glenn Beck railed on his TV show Friday against President Obama‘s plans for a universal healthcare scheme that would ration care, especially end-of-life care. Referencing former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s comment that ObamaCare would establish “death panels,” Beck said:

The death panel isn’t a firing squad.  Sarah Palin made a point, I guess you could say in an inflammatory way.  But when you implement a government health system, as they have found out in the U.K. and everywhere else on the planet, you are left with no other choice.  That’s just the way it is.  Rationing is inevitable and they know it.  When — when — will someone in the media expose all of the lies?

He also noted that supporters of ObamaCare have begun to try to stigmatize and delegitimize opposition to the statist healthcare juggernaut by speaking of opponents as “deathers.” The implication by the left is that people who oppose ObamaCare are “crazy conspiracy nuts who say that the government is going to come to your house and kill you,” he said.

Dr. Rand Paul, the chairman of Kentucky Taxpayers United, who is also running for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, said President Obama may have said “he’s not going to pull the plug on grandma, but I think what he really means is he’s not going to put the plug in the first place, because you have to decide, some committee is going to decide, what is the cost-benefit analysis for grandma?”

To the government, your grandmother is just a statistic, said Paul, who is an eye surgeon. If the government decides using a cost-benefit analysis, “her ventilator won’t be plugged in if she’s 92-years old, because society may say, we don’t have enough money to do that.”

Paul complained that in the midst of the fight against socialist healthcare, no one seems to be putting forward an alternative plan. He said he favors having longer-term healthcare insurance that spans many years, much like term life insurance:

If I have a heart attack today, and I have term life insurance, I’m on a 20-year contract.  They don’t increase my rate.  But if I have a heart attack and survive, my health insurance will be double because I’m on a one-year contract. 

Such a change would help patients do a better job of managing their own healthcare, he said.

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