Health Care

In these United States of America, many people cannot afford even basic health insurance. They suffer severely under the present system and have to live under the constant fear of not knowing what they will do if they or their loved ones ever fall seriously ill.

But in many cases, insured individuals aren’t much better off either. In comparison to the exorbitant insurance premiums they pay, the medical care they receive is often very poor.

Additionally, due to the government-enforced monopolies of HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) and pharmaceutical companies, many patients will never even hear about some of the most effective and non-invasive treatment methods. These natural and inexpensive ways of regaining one’s health are being suppressed by the FDA and the medical establishment not because of safety concerns (they’ve been around for hundreds of years), but because they cannot be patented and would therefore cut into the pharmaceutical industry’s profits.

The current system is most definitely broken, and it must eventually be abolished if we want to regain both our health and our freedom.

But Obamacare is the worst possible answer. All it does is perpetuate a flawed system by forcing everyone to become a client of insurance companies, even those who don’t want to or need to participate.

Why should anyone be forced to subsidize the medical care of others? Very few individuals would personally assault their neighbors at gunpoint and steal thousands of dollars to pay for their own medical needs. How could any freedom loving person agree to delegate such criminal acts to the government by supporting a compulsory health insurance system?

There is only one solution that will lead to true health and true freedom: making health care more affordable. Ron Paul believes that only true free market competition will put pressure on the providers and force them to lower their costs to remain in business. Additionally, Ron Paul wants to change the tax code to allow individual Americans to fully deduct all health care costs from their taxes.

Through these measures and the elimination of government-sponsored health care monopolies a much larger number of people will be able to finally access affordable health care, either by paying for medical insurance or by covering their medical expenses, which are now much lower, out of their own pocket.

As for the poor and the severely ill who can neither obtain insurance nor pay for the medical care they need, Ron Paul offers the following solution in his bookThe Revolution: A Manifesto“:

In the days before Medicare and Medicaid, the poor and elderly were admitted to hospitals at the same rate they are now, and received good care. Before those programs came into existence, every physician understood that he or she had a responsibility towards the less fortunate and free medical care was the norm. Hardly anyone is aware of this today, since it doesn’t fit into the typical, by the script story of government rescuing us from a predatory private sector.

Illegal aliens already receive de-facto free health care. Why can’t poor Americans have the same… not as a right, but as a charitable benefit provided by doctors who feel a personal responsibility for their fellow citizens?

Unfortunately, the current medical monopoly corrupts many doctors by rewarding practices that are not in the patients’ best interest. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in not curing people, but getting them permanently addicted to expensive drugs that have many side effects, thereby requiring additional drugs to suppress those side effects. Many doctors are afraid to speak up and question the system for fear of being ostracized by their peers or even losing their license.

Under a liberated health care system prices would come down and additional options would become available, thereby making health care much more affordable. Moral corruption would give way to true compassion, and many doctors would remember their implicit obligation to provide free medical care to those in need, just like they did in the past.

As a medical doctor, Ron Paul swore the Hippocratic Oath many decades ago. His entire person and career is a monument to the beauty and sanctity of human life. Ron Paul knows that life without health can be very difficult and is not what it was meant to be. He has personally cared for the poor for many years, without asking anything in return.

The government’s original role is to protect our freedoms and restrain itself from causing too much harm. Ron Paul is working to prevent greedy bureaucrats, opportunist politicians and corrupt pharmaceutical companies from having any sort of unhealthy influence over our bodies and minds.

Join the Ron Paul Revolution and help us put the federal government back where it belongs: to Washington DC and out of our daily lives.


Government has been mismanaging medical care for more than 45 years; for every problem it has created it has responded by exponentially expanding the role of government.

Points to consider:

  1. No one has a right to medical care. If one assumes such a right, it endorses the notion that some individuals have a right to someone else’s life and property. This totally contradicts the principles of liberty.
  2. If medical care is provided by government, this can only be achieved by an authoritarian government unconcerned about the rights of the individual.
  3. Economic fallacies accepted for more than 100 years in the United States has deceived policy makers into believing that quality medical care can only be achieved by government force, taxation, regulations, and bowing to a system of special interests that creates a system of corporatism.
  4. More dollars into any monopoly run by government never increases quality but it always results in higher costs and prices.
  5. Government does have an important role to play in facilitating the delivery of all goods and services in an ethical and efficient manner.
  6. First, government should do no harm. It should get out of the way and repeal all the laws that have contributed to the mess we have.
  7. The costs are obviously too high but in solving this problem one cannot ignore the debasement of the currency as a major factor.
  8. Bureaucrats and other third parties must never be allowed to interfere in the doctor/patient relationship.
  9. The tax code, including the ERISA laws, must be changed to give everyone equal treatment by allowing a 100% tax credit for all medical expenses.
    Laws dealing with bad outcomes and prohibiting doctors from entering into voluntary agreements with their patients must be repealed. Tort laws play a significant role in pushing costs higher, prompting unnecessary treatment and excessive testing. Patients deserve the compensation; the attorneys do not.
  10. Insurance sales should be legalized nationally across state lines to increase competition among the insurance companies.
  11. Long-term insurance policies should be available to young people similar to term-life insurances that offer fixed prices for long periods of time.
  12. The principle of insurance should be remembered. Its purpose in a free market is to measure risk, not to be used synonymously with social welfare programs. Any program that provides for first-dollar payment is no longer insurance. This would be similar to giving coverage for gasoline and repair bills to those who buy car insurance or providing food insurance for people to go to the grocery store. Obviously, that could not work.
  13. The cozy relationship between organized medicine and government must be reversed.
    Early on medical insurance was promoted by the medical community in order to boost re-imbursements to doctors and hospitals. That partnership has morphed into the government/insurance industry still being promoted by the current administration.
  14. Threatening individuals with huge fines by forcing them to buy insurance is a boon to the insurance companies.
  15. There must be more competition for individuals entering into the medical field. Licensing strictly limits the number of individuals who can provide patient care. A lot of problems were created in 20th century as a consequence the Flexner Report (1910), which was financed by the Carnegie Foundation and strongly supported by the AMA. Many medical schools were closed and the number of doctors was drastically reduced. The motivation was to close down medical schools that catered to women, minorities and especially homeopathy. We continue to suffer from these changes which were designed to protect physician’s income and promote allopathic medicine over the more natural cures and prevention of homeopathic medicine.
  16. We must remove any obstacles for people seeking holistic and nutritional alternatives to current medical care. We must remove the threat of further regulations pushed by the drug companies now working worldwide to limit these alternatives.

True competition in the delivery of medical care is what is needed, not more government meddling.


  • Chris Garvey

    Employer-purchased health insurance was an artifact of the income tax code. Who but an employer would buy a policy you would lose if you got too sick to work?
    The only way, to use pre-tax money to pay for med expenses, had been employer-purchased health insurance. Most of the evils of private insurance came from this economic perversion.

  • papaouiee

    Ron, you are missing a whole big area here. What about those who have been hurt at work, forced to buy comp insurance, then be denied the benefits they were forced to pay for.
    The same goes for those on Social Security disability and are illegally denied medicare B and left in the cold to literally crawl up and die.
    What about emergency rooms that deny care to patients that come in for help; even have insurance and they are turned away and thrown out.
    I really want to hear from someone on this; a call to the white house only had the phone slammed in my ear. Seems Washington cares less about those that have insurance, in this case, insurance they were forced to pay for, then denied the benefits they paid for from literally extorting the premiums form their pay checks.

    • UtahERnurse

      I work in an emergency room, and we never turn away patients. It’s illegal to turn them away or refuse to see them. Emergency room are required by law to rule out life threatening emergencies if you come to see us, however if your condition is non life threatening then we aren’t obligated to treat. This usually applies to cough, cold, toothache, etc. We will then refer you to a primary doctor or give resources so you can follow up. People tend to abuse the emergency rooms, BECAUSE we don’t turn people away.

  • Pbike908

    As a 51 year old who has to purchase “health insurance” on the exchanges, our current healthcare system is borderline CRIMINAL. And both the R’s and the D’s are the cause of said crime. I now pay $490 per month for “health insurance” so that I can then pay the first $6000 out of pocket should I need care. Any replacement for “Obamacare” has to begin with forcing all public employees (Federal, State, Local, Public School Teachers, State university workers, police, firefighters, etc) into the same pool as me. Or make any policy they have access to accessible to me at the same price. I go to the same doctors and hospitals, use the same pharmaceuticals, and get the same treatments as public employees. I pay my taxes. Why should I have to SUBSIDIZE poor folks and PUBLIC WORKERS health care costs in addition to having to pay for my own????

  • L.Dianne McGreevy

    According to Houston Chronicle 80% of Americans want Trumpcare to look like Obamacare except for the mandatory provision. This provision is what is needed to make financial sense for ACA. Why, then, do you want to gut this program.
    Medicare and Social Security do not need the radical changes that you propose. It would be advisable for you to listen to the American people instead of pushing your own agenda just to retaliate against Obama.

  • Juan Herrera

    Enron was (1) deregulation, (2) free market, (3) hiring only the best and brightest . . . The 7th largest corporation in the USA failed living tens of thousands people unemployed and leaving people without any retirement [even mutual funds, government retirement plans, private retirement plans, which invested on Enron stock have seen all their money disappear . . . along with Enron]
    Free market & deregulated resulted in the 2008 real estate crisis . . .
    For a “truly FREE” market there would have to be No Unions, No regulatory agencies (Like the HRS, FDA, no Federal Aviation Administration). . do we really want that?????.
    Cuba, Canada, etc. have a better health care system {even there not all medicines are affordable and not everyone receives surgeries that can wait fast and early]; however, everyone has access to a Doctor and mostly generic medications.
    I have no children of my own . . . still, I pay taxes that subsidize public school education of the children of my neighbors and the children of people I’ve never met and probably never will. I prefer to pay taxes which support public schools rather than live with the consequence of most U.S. teenagers receiving no education. We need taxes, only some or most of the very rich dislike taxes – selfishness
    Before the Health Care Reform, one of the MAJOR reasons individuals filed bankruptcy was to discharge medical expenses incurred when were needed and which could not be paid back = hospitals don’t get paid, doctors don’t get paid .. . meaning huge loses to hospitals and hospitals having to be subsidized by the government to keep existing . . . prevent shut down of hospitals
    Being all ideas without concrete-real-life-examples of PEOPLE who are AFFECTED by these ideas has caused the greatest tragedies in human history . . . i.e. apartheid, slavery, forced sterilizations, the holocaust, McCarthyism, US territory concentration camps of Japanese who were also US citizens and US residents living in the United States during world war II.. .

  • Yes, I would like to know do health care have anything to do with consumer that have SSI benifits. because I am on ssi , and do think I have some kind of health care. I do not want to lose my benifit because of this healthcare ads that Rod Paul announed. thank,you Miss Linda Williams

  • OMG

    what a pile of nonsense … “free market competition” does never heal anything or anybody – it kills.
    Market does nothing but segregate productive from unproductive – it eliminates what is unproductive, the old, the poor, the …. diseased.

  • James


    Finally a politician who understand the problem with health care in this country (makes sense as R. Paul is a physician).

    If you like analogies, or similes:

    -Our current health care system is like a rotted, leaking boat.
    -The Affordable Care Act is like a length of duct tape, and a cup for bailing.
    a new boat would be a good idea!

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  • SOS

    “Nancy on Disability” – as a disabled person, you don’t really have a right to say “Obamacare won’t work for you” since you’re already entitled to gov’t-funded health care in the form of Medicare. Furthermore, I assume you receive a monthly disability check from the gov’t, which is also against the core beliefs of Libertarians like Ron Paul. In a Libertarian world with no gov’t safety nets, you would’ve either had to have the foresight to buy private disability insurance (assuming you weren’t born with our disability) or you’d be begging for private charity.

  • liberty1

    why should anyone be forced to subsidize the… educational care of others’ children, the care of others’ parents, the transportation of others on highways, the care of others’ poor, the protection of other’s families (i will keep the enemy at bay on my own be it foreign or domestic, no need for police), the protection of others’ homes (fire)…maybe, because it is a democracy, you have a vote and we are all in this together…and the majority sometimes has to be followed even if you do not like where they are going…failing which we all build our towers and hunker down afraid of our neighbours with our rifles at the ready..

    • Harshit Madan

      Libertarians like myself will work hard to eventually do away with those too, but over the course of a century atleast.

  • jhon

    Bill Gates Admits Vaccines Are Used for Human Depopulation. next are two short excerpts from a recently filmed TED presentation (Feb 2010) by none other than Bill “Microsoft” Gates. Bill Gates: “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that [number of 9 billion] by perhaps 10 or 15 percent:

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