Wolf Blitzer: But congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?
Congressman Ron Paul (r): No…
Susan Grigsby: What really horrified me about that debate wasn’t the, the poorly phrased question. It wasn’t Dr. Paul’s answer. And it wasn’t even the scream after Wolf Blitzer asked would you let him die and somebody in the audience yelled, yeah. That wasn’t as horrifying as was the silence from the stage from these men and women who are running for office. Not a word. Nothing. I was horrified.
That’s when I started thinking about Steve. As an adult he worked full time all the time. And when he was fifty-five he was replaced by a young man and he had to start looking for a job. At fifty-five years old, you know, you can kiss that good bye. He looked for a job, he looked for a job.
My brother Steve at sixty-three, and unemployed and uninsured was too young for Medicare and he was too male for Medicaid.
The spot was found on Steve’s lung on December third of twenty-ten. Within five months he had gone through radiation, he’d gone through some therapy, he had been warehoused, he slowly, painfully, he couldn’t stand up, the cancer went into his nerves and his spine. Five months later he died. That’s what it means to let someone die.
[What would you ask the GOP nominees if you could?]
Do you, as a candidate for president, really believe that if an American cannot get or does not get insurance that they should be treated the way Steve was? Do you really believe that?
[Dear GOP candidates: Answer the question.]
That was my brother’s death you were cheering, you a$$holes (September 13, 2011)