I guess I have a morbid obsession with Ron Paul, but he is such a transparent phony that I am unable to resist the impulse to out him. Yesterday, he repeated one of his more preposterous claims to a reporter from the Concord Monitor:
Paul extended his small-government ideals to his personal life. As a doctor, he refused to accept government insurance such as Medicaid because, he said, “I thought that was one stop too far.” If a patient couldn’t afford treatment, “I just took care of them.”
It amazes me that anyone is gullible enough to fall for his risible claim that this refusal to accept Medicaid patients was an act of principle. The good doctor refused to accept Medicaid patients not because of his â€śsmall-government ideals,â€? but because Medicaid doesnâ€™t pay enough money.
This is almost certainly what happened at his medical office when a Medicaid patientÂ called to get an appointment: Someone on his staff informedÂ her that â€śDr. Paul doesnâ€™t accept Medicaid.â€? Then the patient hung up and called another doctor. He didnâ€™t treat them gratis. He just didnâ€™t treat them.Â
I challenge all of Dr. Paulâ€™s credulous supporters to produce a single shred of evidence that he treated Medicaid patients for nothing. And please don’t bore me with goofy claims about HIPAA. Any patientÂ wishing to prove that “Dr. No” treated her for free can give him permission to publish her records.