Ron Paul’s Campaign Manager Died of Pneumonia, Penniless and UninsuredThe very misleading implication is that Ron Paul's campaign manager, Kent Snyder, died because he didn't have insurance and, thus, didn't get proper attention. And that, therefore, Ron Paul's stand against mandatory health insurance is wrong. Here's Gawker on Dr. Paul's response during the debate:
Should the state pay...[the] bills [of a hypothetical person who has no insurance]? Paul responded, "That's what freedom is all about: taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to take care of everybody—"Dr. Paul has regularly said that it is not the state but private charity and friends and neighbors that should help in emergencies. And that seems to be what has occurred in the case of Snyder. It can't be argued that he didn't receive treatment because he was uninsured. Gawker, itself, tells us that Snyder's medical bills are $400,000. That's a lot of care, even in a world of hyped up medical expenses.
And Gawker also tells us that as Ron Paul predicted friends do come to the rescue. The medical bills are now the responsibility of Snyder's mother. Richard Viguerie sent out an email asking for help for Snyder's mother that said in part:
I have just recently learned that Kent died without medical insurance. As reported in the Kansas City Star, http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/story/695651.html, his friends have started a fund to collect the $400,000 in medical expenses with which his family has been saddled as a result of his early and untimely death.Snyder's death is tragic, it was probably irresponsible that he didn't have major medical insurance, but this burden falls on his mother (and friends are trying to help her out). Where else should the burden have been placed?
In an addition to an attack on Ron Paul, Gawker is positioning this story as a reason for mandatory insurance whereby the government will determine what kind of insurance I must carry. I'm really missing the connection here. Because Snyder didn't buy insurance, we are supposed to cancel free market medical insurance and I'm supposed to be forced into buying medical insurance designed by political cronies and bureaucrats in Washington D.C?