Wolf Blitzer asked a hypothetical question to Ron Paul about how society should respond if a healthy 30-year-old man with a good job who decided against buying health insurance suddenly goes into a coma and requires intensive care for six months. When Blitzer responded by saying, "Are you saying that society should just let him die?" several in the audience yelled "yeah" and started to cheer.
Conservative Andrew Sullivan writing for The Daily Beast's The Dish Tuesday noted that the United States obligates society to save someone in an emergency room. "America, moreover, has a law on the books that makes it a crime not to treat and try to save a human being who walks into an emergency room. So we have already made that collective decision and if the GOP wants to revisit it, they can," Sullivan wrote.
So what is your take on this? I'm interested to know.
If you agree with the crowd, should we also, out of consistency, remove the emergency room care law? And what are you thoughts on the crowd's cherring the hypothetical death of a reckless/negligent man?
If you disagree with the crowd, why should society be legally coerced (as opposed to simply letting charities move in) to help a man who was unwilling to be risk averse and now we must foot the bill and pay for his reckless and negligent attitude and behavior? What are your thoughts on the free-rider problem?