Ugh. Six years of this guy is six too many. If we're really lucky, maybe he'll implode before he finishes his first term. How can anyone sit there with a straight face and suggest that supporting health care as a right is to support slavery? It
May 12, 2011

Ugh. Six years of this guy is six too many. If we're really lucky, maybe he'll implode before he finishes his first term. How can anyone sit there with a straight face and suggest that supporting health care as a right is to support slavery? It makes no sense.

PAUL: With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses.

Basically, once you imply a belief in a right to someone’s services — do you have a right to plumbing? Do you have a right to water? Do you have right to food? — you’re basically saying you believe in slavery.

I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care. You have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free health care would be.

A couple of things. When did food and water become "services"? And where does he get this crazy fantasy that establishing a right to health care means people can beat his door down and carry him away to force him to treat them?

Then there is the matter of the Hippocratic Oath, which I'm guessing Baby Paul doesn't even know, much less practice. (I doubt he actually signed anything like it, since he is self-certified). But for doctors who do sign it, this part might help keep people from banging down doors in the dead of night and carrying assistants away:

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

Give me a break. Slavery? C'mon.

[h/t Think Progress]

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