Sen. Rand Paul trounced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, pesky logic

In a hearing on the state of the United States’ for-profit, non-competitive, people-killing  healthcare system (which isn’t, by the way, worth a damn), national embarrassment and freshman Republican senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, clashed with Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont over ideology and, so it would also seem, the basic rules of logical thought.

Birefly, Sanders asks the Dr. Alieta Eck of the free-healthcare-providing Zarephath Health Center whether or not health care is a universal human right regardless of an individual’s ability to pay for it, to which Eck says yes, insofar that it follows the ethics of the Hippocratic Oath, which is itself a far cry from the selfish asshole’s philosophy of Objectivism that Paul exhibits when it’s finally his turn to speak.

Addressing Eck, the following words actually come out of Paul’s mouth:

With regard to the idea that you have a right to healthcare, you have to realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re not only going to enslave me, but the janitor in my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses — if you have a right to their services, basically … you’re saying that you believe in slavery.

That’s right! If we made healthcare a right, just as we do freedom of speech, press and other such noncontroversial things, then the police will begin to force doctors to practice medicine on the dirty poor, much in the same way an LMPD officer is pointing a gun at my head right now to inform you, the dirty public.

Watch the entire exchange below, and do not miss Sanders’ polite evisceration of Paul:


  1. Madeline
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Leave it to a Tea-Bagger to re-arm a word like “slavery” without context or conscience. Inflammatory tactics such as this one have long been used in politics to distract the people from the issue at hand. My thanks to Sen. Sanders for addressing and moving past this blight on our democratic process as quickly as possible.

  2. Bryan
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I consider the term “Tea-Bagger” inflammatory,