Paul Jacob

Should a person, who refused to buy health insurance and finds himself with an expensive life-threatening illness, be denied medical care? O’Donnell charges that Republicans “would gleefully impose the death penalty themselves on sick people, if just given the chance.”

So clarify. When Congressman Ron Paul was asked if we should just let the man die, a couple of people in the audience did shout, “Yes!” (The same two dudes?)

But Ron Paul said, “No.” Too bad more attention wasn’t paid to his comments about practicing medicine before there was Medicaid. Dr. Paul is indeed old enough to remember what that was like. And what did he say? “I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid in the early 1960s when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospital.”

That’s not meanness of spirit. That’s not bloodlust. And it’s certainly not “evil.”

You might say it’s evidence of “soul.”

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.