Rand Paul: Health Care Is “Slavery,” And The Administration Has An “Enemies List”

It didn’t take long after Rep. Ron Paul declared his intention to run for the presidency for his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to prove that he was not.  Or at least, that’s what most people can gather from some of the statements he’s made in the last week.

First, Paul made waves by claiming that the President of the United States has an “enemies list,” apparently made up of Republican states and politicians he wants to “strong arm” into submission.

From the Kiowa County Signal in an op ed:

“Mr. President, do you have an enemies list?” Paul asked. “Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina appears to be a Republican state, has two Republican senators? Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina is a ‘right to work’ state? Are they on your enemies list?”

Paul didn’t stop there — blasting Obama for his recent threat to require government contractors to disclose donations to groups that participate in political activities.

“The president has said now that he’s going to ask contractors who do business with the government ‘Who have you contributed to?’” he said. “Mr. President, do you have en enemies list? Will you now punish contractors who have given money to Republican candidates? I’m concerned — there are two Republican Senators from Kentucky. Are we on your enemies list? Is Alabama on your enemies list? Is Texas on your enemies list?

As if that rant wasn’t strange enough, Paul later went on a tirade during a health and aging subcommittee, where he claimed that saying health care is a right means you would be forcing doctors into slavery.  Politico reports:

“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery,” said Paul (R-Ky.), who is an ophthalmologist.

Paul, who is the subcommittee ranking member, said he believed that the notion of expanding federally funded community health centers to ensure that everyone had a “right” to care was not constitutional and would enslave doctors. Doctors, he said, should care for patients because of their own moral code.

So, does providing adequate affordable health care “enslave” doctors?  Or is Rand Paul just getting more and more comfortable with his Tea Party persona now that there’s no pressure on him to appear mainstream for a potential presidential run?


photo from Gage Skidmore


Tim H.
Tim Haines6 years ago

Don't demonise Rand Paul - the guy does some good stuff:

Rand Paul Aims to Kill "Indefinite Detention" Provision of Controversial Bill
Head of Japanese American Citizens League warns that bill has echoes of World War II-style internment without charge

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

With the bill expected to be up for a vote within 48 hours, Senator Rand Paul has offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will kill a provision allowing the military to detain individuals, including American citizens, without trial or due process.


bob m.
bob m6 years ago

Astonishing altruism; absolutely.
doctors should naturally be completely free to define their own m$r$l code .....Damn...keys keep jumpin ta conclusions.

Robert H.
Robert H6 years ago

Paul is apparently a [knee] Jerk follower of the Ayn Rand libertarian cult. -They see [and agree] but perceive not.
Ayn Rand was an injured soul, a victim of Russian Communism, driven insane by hatred and made oblivious to the better side of human nature. Unfortunately she was also very intelligent and made a seemingly good argument -very seductive to those who although competent are basically insecure.

Dagmar Bajinski
Dagmar B6 years ago

I think Mr. Paul needs to go into psychiatric treatment. So Germany is a country where slavery exists. Now I know what the sound means that I hear when I have an appointment at my doctor's who prescibes me the medication I need so that I can walk, move, sleep without pain since I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and medication so that I can breathe because I also have Asthma. It's the clatter of his chains. Without this "slavery" many people here would die or couldn't live a humanely life and thank heaven most doctors here don't mind being slaves that way!

Heather M.
Heather M.6 years ago

I'm sorry, did anyone actually read this article, and what he SAID? He said that if more heath care centres were FEDERALIZED that it would enslave doctors. He doesn't believe that right now they are. What is wrong with saying that Doctors should care for patients because of their own moral code? Nothing because people should take care of people because of their morals and because they want to help others. He doesn't think that people shouldn't have the right to health care, I think this quote was selective and things were left out. I'm reading between the lines of this article because I've learned to realize when someone is painting a person as something they're not. Don't believe everything you read just because it's spun a certain way.

There are many authors with the opposite view of the Pauls, so I suggest reading those as well before stating that Rand Paul is "off his rocker" and is a "joke to the human race". You have to make your own decision with all the facts and both sides of the story before coming to your conclusions. Why don't more people do this?

Patricia S.
Pat S6 years ago

Send a Green Star to Paul B.

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Paul because you have done so within the last week.

Nicholas A.
Nicholas A.6 years ago

If doctors in U.K. and other developed countries and even less developed countries are slaves, then Rand Paul did not know what slavery was and is like. I bet his family used to have slaves, and didn't know why slaves wanted to be free. His family might have thought that the slaves were like the doctors in U K and other civilized countries where health care for their citizens is free.

What a sad and a dangerous mind!

Barbara S.

Power corrupts... and I guess being elected has done that to a lot of the Congress and Senate. They spout one thing to get elected, and then... then they let their true colors and prejudices show.

Kit Barth
Kit Barth6 years ago

My god, you take ignorance and being just plain stupid to a level never seen in my 53 years. "Stupid is as stupid does" and says. Rand, you are a joke in the human race. Hopefully someone will start a recall so they can put an adult in your chair.

bob m.
bob m6 years ago

Well now Leroy; could be ol Rand has soma that insider information bout the whole subjecta slavery.
seems ta me this batcha ideas is all about creatin slavery...not solvin it.