John Stossel & Ron Paul On Health Care

In the fifth part of his Ron Paul: Unplugged series, John Stossel talks to the the Texas Congressman and Medical Doctor about health care:

“We’ve had the government involved in our medical care system since the early ’70s, we’ve had managed care. And all of a sudden, nobody’s happy with it,” Paul said in our interview.

Paul has even gone as far as taking the lonely position of saying government shouldn’t provide health insurance for poor children.

What would happen to those kids under his administration? Paul replied by talking about his early experience as a doctor.


“Should we move to, toward a socialized system, or should we look to the marketplace to help us sort out the problems we have in medicine? My argument, of course, is always looking for the answers in the free market, in private choices, and in individuals dealing with those problems, rather than depending on the state.”

Considering that the health system in this country has gotten worse as government involvement in health care
has become more pervasive, Paul’s ideas make perfect sense to me.

Previous Posts:

John Stossel Interviews Ron Paul On Legalizing Drugs And Prostitution
John Stossel Talks To Ron Paul On The Proper Role Of Government
John Stossel & Ron Paul On Foreign Policy
John Stossel & Ron Paul On Immigration

  • Tron Denver

    Indeed, anything the federal government has thrown money at (i.e. education, health care) has gotten so expensive. Thank god the government isn’t into electronics. Can you imagine how much flat screen TVs and DVD players would cost if they trended the same way as health-care?.

    This is how it works:
    1. Government forcibly collects your taxes.

    2. Government central planners decide where to spend your money, by-passing market pressures all together.

    3. Not worrying about where the funds will come from (the IRS has machine guns), these companies who benefit from government largess get increasingly slovenly and greedy. These companies who would normally be sent packing by free-market competition, are now free to suck (and pass the sucking on to you, the consumer).
    4. People like Mitt Romney and H-bomb Clinton dream of even more thorough ways to subvert the free-market, because of course this will be better in the end (for the salivating HMOs).

    Whenever this type of thing is considered, don’t think how the market failed, but think how we failed the market. Sure the market can be scary at times, and it is not perfect by any means, but nothing is perfect, and its the best we have.

    Go Ron!

    From A Proud Paul-Bot/Ite/Tard

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  • somebody

    Ah, yes. Worse, but more equal.

  • Joshua Holmes

    The health care system in the country has certainly not gotten worse since the government got involved. The number and kinds of ailments that can be treated successfully has skyrocketed since the early 70s.

  • Brad Warbiany

    Yet, at the same time, elective cosmetic surgery, and LASIK, are trending downwards in price (while constantly improving in quality).

    Could it be that competition actually works?

    If the government was in charge of our vision, we’d all have horn-rimmed glasses and the inventor of LASIK would have been prohibited from practicing, as a protectionist measure that the eyeglass makers would get written into law.

  • Brad

    Forced Morals Never Work. When You Force Health Care, The CARE Will Not Exist Anymore.

    The Government Does Nothing Well.

    I Vote For Virtue; I Vote For Ron Paul !!!

  • Mick Russom

    The reason Ron Paul is so popular, is that he is popular with a Majority of people.

    The other reason he is so popular with the Majority, is he is ‘unpopular’ with the minority that is polled.

    He is also a threat to the military industrial complex and its propaganda wing, the main stream media, and the people are standing up to say, we are ready for Ron Paul, the constitution and real change.

  • TanGeng

    I don’t think the system has gotten anymore equal. If anything it’s gotten a little more unequal.

    Poor people have to pay $400 for general care in an emergency room is ridiculous.