“But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let them die?” – Wolf Blitzer, CNN
While Mitt Romney and Rick Perry indulged in strained Social Security/Ponzi scheme analogies at least week’s Republican debate, Blitzer’s loaded question and Ron Paul’s actual answer revealed much about what divides so many Americans and prevents policy solutions in health care and other areas:
PAUL: No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals.
Of course, the post-debate focus of the mainstream media was on a shouted assent to Blitzer’s question from an audience member and the Democratic Party’s half century agenda to define the Party of Lincoln as heartless Scrooges (see also racist, sexist homophobes, but I digress).
And indeed, given the long periods of Republican control of Congress and the White House since the 1950s and especially since the 1980s, with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid still intact, Democrats have a hard time relying on historical facts and their definition of compassion, i.e. blinding support for New Deal and Great Society programs, to make the GOP into a Dickensian villain.
Meanwhile, we don’t remember any 24/7 MSM uproar when $500B was cut from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare in 2010 by President Barack Obama and super-Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress. Nor do we recall even one White House press conference question about President Obama’s 2009 town hall “take the painkiller and go home” response to the daughter of a 105-year-old mother concerning what should happen if mommy showed up at the hospital with her ObamaCare policy needing a pacemaker.