Forum Post: You could see this story as a nasty "I told you so", but I am posting it as a cautionary tale of reality - in a Ron Paul America
Posted 5 years ago on March 1, 2012, 10:10 a.m. EST by bensdad
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Dead at 49 because he couldn't afford insurance
Terrible fate of Ron Paul aide emerges hours after RP said state shouldn't provide free health care
Kent Snyder, age 49, died from complications caused by pneumonia because his premiums were too expensive & he could not afford healthcare.
The 49-year-old was Dr. Ron Paul's campaign manager during failed 2008 bid to secure Republican presidential nomination
Mr Paul told Tea Party debate people who did not have insurance should be left to fend for themselves - not a whisper of Mr. Snyder as a perfect example to prove his dedication to madness. RP also said churches should step in to care for those without cover.
The $400,000 bill for his care was sent to his mother, who was unable to pay, and so a website was set up by friends to secure donations. Mr Paul's election campaign did not provide his employees with medical insurance.
It came out after Mr Paul, a physician and opponent of federal healthcare, appeared to suggest people who fell ill should be left to fend for themselves, even if they don't have health care, during a Tea Party debate.
On Monday night, the candidates - who also included Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney - were asked whether the state should pay health care bills for an uninsured young man who suddenly found himself ill.
Dr Paul said: 'That's what freedom is all about - taking your own risks. He did not finish the answer as a the partisan crowd drowned him out with applause.
His employer ( you ) provides him health insurance.
He will not provide his employees health insurance.
Dr. Paul is a brilliant man with a very well trained brain - and no heart.