RON PAUL REPEATS PHONY MEDICAID CLAIM

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 “small-government ideals,� but because Medicaid doesn’t pay enough money.

This is almost certainly what happened at his medical office when a Medicaid patient called to get an appointment: Someone on his staff informed her that “Dr. Paul doesn’t accept Medicaid.� Then the patient hung up and called another doctor. He didn’t treat them gratis. He just didn’t treat them. 

I challenge all of Dr. Paul’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 patient wishing to prove that “Dr. No” treated her for free can give him permission to publish her records.

Comments 17

  1. jweaver wrote:

    It seems that you might be on to something, I have long felt that he is a fraud and his followers just to willing and filled with adoration to look at his B.s.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 6:46 am
  2. Johnnyb wrote:

    Its really not that uncommon of a practice, my dad and Grand-dad were both physicians in the same era that ROn Paul was practicing medicine and I know for a fact that it was common practice to render services for free or to exchange medical services for something like work, farm produce or baked goods.

    Remember that Ron Paul was the only OB-GYN in his small town so its not like poor women in that area could have gone somewhere else.

    Since its not at all an uncommon practice in rural medical practices to render services for free or in exchange for something else other than money, and I know this because I know that my dad still does it and I’ve seen my Grandfathers books where he had kept account of money and services, I have no reason to believe that this was not common practice.

    Perhaps you should actually do your own homework before you start besmearching a good mans name. I don’t think that Ron Paul knows how to tell a lie.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 6:47 am
  3. Kevin Houston wrote:

    Well, that’s a challenge that can’t possibily be met. We can’t possibly produce such evidence – as it would violate that patient’s medical (and financial) privacy – a fact, I think you know full well.

    Your charge of medicaid/medicare patients doctor-shopping might make more sense if Dr. Paul were a regular GP, as shopping around for a doctor would be more likely for patients who needed to be seen for some on-going condition. But Dr. Paul is an Ob-Gyn (the only one in Brazoria county for a while), and babies come when they come, so Dr. shopping isn’t really an option.

    As a physician, Dr. Paul has an obligation (imposed by his Hippocratic oath) to treat everyone in immediate need, regardless of ability to pay. Since he has been the target of many hit-pieces before, it stands to reason that if any such patients existed, they would have been turned up by now.

    Since you are the one claiming BS, the onus is on you to find just one patient that was ever turned away for inability to pay.

    Your evidence should be easy to obtain: All you need to do is take out a few newspaper ads in that area asking that anyone who was ever turned away for lack of funds contact you. Until you find someone, may I politely suggest you stop defaming and libeling Dr. Paul.

    You might also check Dr. Paul’s file with the TX state medical board to see if there are any “failure to treat”, or other, complaints against him. I am fairly certain you won’t find anthing.

    Later

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 7:11 am
  4. Fluffy wrote:

    He never claimed to treat Medicaid patients for nothing.

    Medicaid and Medicare are state subsidies to the medical industry, regardless of the rate of reimbursement. They prop up demand by adding funds to the system that would not otherwise be there. This means that any doctor who participates in Medicaid is participating in a system of federal subsidies.

    It would have been MORE principled for Paul to refuse to participate in the state licensing regime, but that doesn’t mean that his reason for refusing Medicaid patients wasn’t principle. If he just wanted to maximize payments to himself, why would he also refuse to participate in the Congressional pension system? No reimbursement rate issue there.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 7:22 am
  5. Marc Brown wrote:

    He’s on record in several places on this, and doesn’t indicate it was totally free eg

    “I would treat them at a greatly reduced cost and even extend payments over a long period of time-but just so long as they didn’t try to pay me through these government programs,” he says. “I didn’t believe in Medicare or Medicaid, so how could I accept money from them?”

    If you have genuine evidence he’s lying, then given what I know about American politics you can take him out. Go for it!

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 8:35 am
  6. Mike wrote:

    Ron Paul is a strict Christian, and takes his faith seriously unlike the supposed “Christian” leaders in the white house now.

    Anyway, Dr. Paul worked for $3 an hour at a church hospital in the 1960′s.

    He has never voted to raise taxes.
    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
    He voted against the Patriot Act.
    He voted against regulating the Internet.
    He voted against the Iraq war.

    He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.

    He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

    He is a man of principle that serves his fellow man.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 9:37 am
  7. Chris Lawton wrote:

    GO RON PAUL! GO RON PAUL! GOD BLESS RON PAUL!
    RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2008!

    Ron Paul is a constitutionalist.

    Ron has never voted to raise taxes.
    Ron has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    Ron has never voted for the Iraq War.
    Ron has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    Ron has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
    Ron has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    Ron has never taken a government-paid junket.

    Ron voted against the Patriot Act.
    Ron votes against regulating the Internet.
    Ron voted against NAFTA and CAFTA.
    Ron votes against the United Nations.
    Ron votes against the welfare state.
    Ron votes against reinstating a military draft.

    Ron votes to preserve the constitution.
    Ron votes to cut government spending.
    Ron votes to lower healthcare costs.
    Ron votes to end the war on drugs.
    Ron votes to protect civil liberties.
    Ron votes to secure our borders with real immigration reform

    He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
    Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

    How can you not love this guy listen to him he is truly a man who
    tells the truth “We The People” are taking our country back and
    restoring the original Constitutional Republic and returning Amerika
    back to America not the “United States of Surveillance”

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot
    survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
    for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor
    moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling
    through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself.
    For the traitor appears not a traitor—he speaks in the accents
    familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and
    he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He
    rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night
    to undermine the pillars of a city—he infects the body politic so
    that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.

    — Cicero: orator, statesman, political theorist, lawyer and
    philosopher of Ancient Rome.

    “In the time of universal deceit, telling the truth
    is a revolutionary act” GEORGE ORWELL

    “None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
    – Goethe

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 10:09 am
  8. chad wrote:

    Hahahahahahh! This just gets funnier and funnier.

    Nice substantive expose!!!!! Too funny.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 11:06 am
  9. samuel wrote:

    You must not be able to read. He did not take their medicare HE TREATED THEM FOR FREE. You need to understand what you read.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 12:15 pm
  10. J. Farson wrote:

    Just a warning, Paul’s campaign has targeted you to be ‘reeducated’.

    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=21198

    Expect dozens of comments with paragraph after paragraph of cut and paste bs from the sheep.

    Ron Paul- The Establishment Candidate for the Anti-Establishment

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 12:21 pm
  11. Chris wrote:

    Over 4,000 kids delivered… how many women have sued Dr. Ron?

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 12:22 pm
  12. Brent wrote:

    People who take this blog as fact are more gullible than those who take Ron Paul’s word.

    No sources.
    No facts.
    Just a baseless agrument.

    Nice try.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 1:24 pm
  13. AbbaFan121 wrote:

    Wow, it seems what Farson said is true, the Paulnuts are reeducating you. The next thing you know, they will say you need to learn to concentrate and send you to a special camp to learn how to do that.

    I can’t believe the cult of Ron is so wide spread. Just goes to show, the NutRoots digs under every rock.

    Ron Paul is a fraud and he has found a lot of sheep.

    Posted 30 Sep 2007 at 4:01 pm
  14. Matt wrote:

    How would he prove that given HIPAA regulations?

    Posted 01 Oct 2007 at 7:44 pm
  15. Catron wrote:

    A patient can give him permission to release any PHI she wishes. And, if this BS were true, one of his supporters would done so by now.

    Posted 01 Oct 2007 at 8:35 pm
  16. Matt wrote:

    Other than you, how many other people think this is BS? It’s not like there is some nationwide call for this info.

    Now you’ve moved the target from him to his supporters to open their medical files to prove your unsupported allegation incorrect.

    All because you favor Giuliani?

    Posted 02 Oct 2007 at 11:30 am
  17. Chris wrote:

    If you’re so suspicious of Paul, how about YOU produce a single shred of evidence showing that Ron Paul DIDN’T treat patients for free…medicaid or non-medicaid. It’s easy to assert that he couldn’t have. Heck it’s easy to assert anything–that’s why you said it, right?

    I know it’s hard to believe that there is actually a candidate who doesn’t engage in your Bovine Scatological philosophy of pragmatism….

    But you all are right. Paul is clearly a wacko. Anyone who would turn down that fat congressional pension and anyone who would return a substantial part of his congressional office budget on a yearly basis, clearly has a screw loose.

    Posted 02 Oct 2007 at 8:10 pm

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