Aaron Task: Healthcare is not a right, according to Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who also happens to be a doctor. Tech Ticker has come to Washington today to talk to the Congressman about many issues, including the Health Care legislation that seems to be on the fast track in Congress.
The Democrats this week put out a proposal that CBO says is going to cost over a trillion dollars for ten years. It was quickly passed by the Senate committee. Do you think that this proposal is going to become law?
Ron Paul: Part of it, probably. They don’t even blink their eye. A trillion bucks… and they’re completely wrong. They’ve never been right on projects of medical programs; whether it was Medicare or Medicaid or prescription drugs, they’re always off by 100%, 200%. It always costs a lot more. And even the projections of collected money… I mean maybe you make $300,000 or something a year…
Aaron Task: Not quite.
Ron Paul: So we need more people making $300,000 a year so we can tax it. But there is not enough money out there. The revenues are always off. Look at what is happening to the revenues right now, they are crashing. That’s why the deficit is exploding. We’re spending more, revenues are going down, and the members of Congress don’t even blink an eye.
Aaron Task: So is your concern about the money or the way the program is structured? I imagine that as a doctor you would prefer that all Americans had access to health care, as opposed to uninsured people using the emergency room as their family doctor.
Ron Paul: Yeah, I want everybody to have maximum care at the best price, and that’s why I want the government out of it completely. There is no authority for the federal government to be in medicine, except for military personal. So we want them out, we want to deliver healthcare like you deliver cellphones. With cellphones, the price goes down and everybody has one.
Aaron Task: But most people aren’t happy with their cellphone carrier though, right?
Ron Paul: Okay, there are too many government regulations on the carrier.
Aaron Task: Yes, of course.
Ron Paul: The healthcare system is a boondoggle created by the federal government, that’s where the inflation is. Governments print money, prices go up in certain areas more so than others, because the government is involved in medicine and education; that’s where you have the greatest amount of inflation. So if you want good healthcare at the best rate at the cheapest price possible, you have to have a market phenomenon.
Aaron Task: But the Democrats are saying there has to be a public option here.
Ron Paul: Well, of course, because they based it on a false assumption and understanding of human rights and personal liberties. They say you have a right to it. Well, I don’t have a right to medical care, I don’t have a right to a job, I don’t have a right to an automobile, I don’t have a right to a house. I have a right to my life and my liberty and to keep the fruits of my labor.
That’s where you get production and that’s where you have the best distribution and the wealthiest situation in the world; the market. But we’ve given up on that, we don’t have much faith in it, and this administration said, “No, all we need is to spend, borrow, print and just pass out the goodies and everyone is going to love us”.