Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul seems to be unclear on the concept of universal health care. At a congressional hearing Wednesday with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Paul made the ridiculous assertion that the right to health care would lead to the enslavement of providers such as himself (Paul is an eye doctor). Sanders, a champion of single payer, didn’t hesitate to humiliate him. Watch:
First of all, common sense holds that providers should be compensated for their services, something that wouldn’t change under a universal healthcare system. So this is not slavery. Second, it is obscene for Paul to compare access to a basic human right such as health care to the historic denial of human rights to certain groups of people. If Paul has a problem with upholding the oath he took as a physician, then maybe he should never have entered the profession.