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Uninsured by Ron Paul, His 2008 Campaign Manager Died Owing $400,000 for Medical Care

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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by: Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout | Op-Ed

Ron Paul knows something about uninsured men dying without health insurance. Kent Snyder, who was Paul's 2008 presidential campaign manager, died on June 26 of that year without any medical coverage. His hospital bills had accumulated to $400,000 at the time of his passing.

The Washington Post noted in an obituary for Snyder, 49:

Mr. Snyder had been associated with Paul, a Texas Republican with Libertarian leanings, for more than 20 years. He worked as a top aide for Paul in 1988, when the congressman sought the presidency on the Libertarian ticket.

 

In 2007, Mr. Snyder helped persuade Paul to launch a bid for the Republican nomination and served as chairman of his campaign. Paul raised millions of dollars from online contributors, leading all Republican contenders early in the race. He failed to attract many voters, however, and ended his candidacy in June.

So, an aide who was pivotal to the political fortunes and fundraising for Paul wasn't even given health insurance - in his hour of need - by the libertarian Congressman.

 

By now, almost all BuzzFlash at Truthout readers know or saw how the bloodlust of the Tea Party roared with approval when Paul said that people without health insurance are taking their own risks, and that is the way it should be.

A Pensito Review article from 2008 noted, "Snyder's death and his lack of health insurance has triggered a behind-the-scenes debate among Paul supporters and libertarian activists over whether or not the Paul campaign should have provided health insurance to its staff."

Actually, Paul was a touch more compassionate then his gladiator fight audience. He said that the churches should provide health care to the uninsured, that "our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it."

That's not how it played itself out with your longtime fundraiser and campaign manager, Kent Snyder, Dr. Paul.

He didn't even get the health coverage he needed from you, nor did you pick up his $400,000 medical care bill after he died.
 

http://www.truth-out.org/uninsured-ron-paul-his-2008-campaign-manager-died-owing-400000-medical-care/1316008224

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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and this is why things are MANDATED

Because given the choice....

People like Paul choose to not give a DAMN

Quote:

So, an aide who was pivotal to the political fortunes and fundraising for Paul wasn't even given health insurance - in his hour of need - by the libertarian Congressman.


 

mamaof2angles
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM



Quoting sweet-a-kins:


and this is why things are MANDATED


Because given the choice....


People like Paul choose to not give a DAMN


Quote:


So, an aide who was pivotal to the political fortunes and fundraising for Paul wasn't even given health insurance - in his hour of need - by the libertarian Congressman.



 


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12mommy3
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Exactly!

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Do we know if insurance was offered and the guy just didn't want or could not afford it?  Maybe he was denied coverage by an insurance company (not that this is acceptable). 

momofone072506
by Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

BUMP!

mamaof2angles
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:47 PM
Oh but remeber if your denied or cant afford it thats your fault


Quoting Peanutx3:

Do we know if insurance was offered and the guy just didn't want or could not afford it?  Maybe he was denied coverage by an insurance company (not that this is acceptable). 


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wymama610
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:49 PM

The MANDATE doesn't apply to Paul, it applies to the douche who refused to buy health insurance.  You do realize Obamacare forces people to purchase insurance, but does nothing to make it any more affordable, don't you?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


and this is why things are MANDATED

Because given the choice....

People like Paul choose to not give a DAMN

Quote:

So, an aide who was pivotal to the political fortunes and fundraising for Paul wasn't even given health insurance - in his hour of need - by the libertarian Congressman.


 


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I am not speaking of the Affordable care act as it isnt in effect yet..I am speaking of employers of a certain size ALREADY mandated to offer insurance

and soon, yes, we will all get that option...and if its too expensive, there will be subsidies

Quoting wymama610:

The MANDATE doesn't apply to Paul, it applies to the douche who refused to buy health insurance.  You do realize Obamacare forces people to purchase insurance, but does nothing to make it any more affordable, don't you?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


and this is why things are MANDATED

Because given the choice....

People like Paul choose to not give a DAMN

Quote:

So, an aide who was pivotal to the political fortunes and fundraising for Paul wasn't even given health insurance - in his hour of need - by the libertarian Congressman.


 



rfurlongg
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM
How sad. I really feel for his family.
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jllcali
by Jane on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:58 PM

 For employers to be able to provide insurance to employees, they have to have enough employees to be able to get empployer discounts on health insurance. Other wise, the employees would be paying the same for their health insurance as they would if they went out and got their own individual insurance plan. In 2008, there were mot many options for small business owners to get affordable health insurance. Many small business owners struggle to make ends meet, and health insurance premiums that are not discounted can negatively impact their livelihoods. And if snyder was an independent contractor, then Paul was under no obligation to provide insurance for him. We also don't know his medical history. He could have been denied by insurance companies. In this instance, Ron Paul would be considered a small business. He is under no futher obligation than any other small business owner. Unless everyone is willing to force EVERY single small business owner to provide health insurance for their employees, then one can not expect Ron Paul to. If Snyder was unhappy with his salary and/or benefits package, surely, given his line of work, he could have gone somewhere else for employment. If Snyder was Libertarian, he would have not wanted Ron Paul to force his choice of health insurance on him. He would have wanted the personal freedom to make his own choices in the matter.

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