Ron Paul Wants Someone ELSE to Pay for Former Camapaign Manager's Hospital Bills
Ron Paul's campaign manager didn't die in 2008 because he couldn't get health care. He just couldn't get INSURANCE because of a pre-existing condition. So he left a health care tab of over $400,000 that someone else will have to pay.
But Ron Paul doesn't want Government getting involved in health care because THAT means someone ELSE has to pay for your health care. Or something.
Let's try to untangle this.
Ron Paul's campaign manager, Kent Snyder, died of pneumonia in 2008. He was a youngish man, born in 1959, and he died broke, penniless, without insurance and with over $400,000 in hospital bills.
Ron Paul is against YOU having to pay for someone ELSE's health care. But Ron Paul says "charities" can help pay for health care for people who can't get insurance.
Which means someone ELSE has to pay for his health care, but only if they WANT to.
And yes, there was a charity set up to pay for Kent Snyder's hospital bills after he died. As you can see below, 660 people contributed a grand total of $34,870.53.
That means, the health care providers got stiffed to the tune of somewhere around $365,000... which means the health care providers had to recoup their losses SOMEHOW, which means they had to raise what they charge to people who HAVE insurance, which makes insurance more expensive, which makes for more people who can't afford it.
According to a story in today's Talking Points Memo:
According to Snyder’s friends, he was unable to obtain affordable health insurance — rendering moot Paul’s advice at the debate to find coverage in advance — because of a preexisting condition. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will no longer be able to reject customers on these grounds starting in 2013. I asked Paul whether Snyder’s inability to secure health insurance, even if he wanted it, put him in an impossible situation without government support. He suggested that states and counties could take action to help the sick, but put the emphasis on charity.Continued on the next page