Last updated on: 1/5/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Rand Paul Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-KY)
Position:
Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery…

You’re saying you believe in taking and extracting from another person. Our founding documents were very clear about this. You have a right to pursue happiness but there’s no guarantee of physical comfort. There’s no guarantee of concrete items. In order to give something concrete, you have to take it from someone. So there’s an implied threat of force.

If I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care, do you have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free health care would be. If you believe in a right to health care, you’re believing in basically the use of force to conscript someone to do your bidding.”

United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee hearing, “Diverting Non-Urgent Emergency Room Use: Can It Provide Better Care and Lower Costs?,” help.senate.gov, May 11, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Senator (R-KY), 2011-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Member, Senate Tea Party Caucus, 2011-present
  • Recipient, TIME “100 Most Influential People,” 2013
  • Founder, Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, 1995
  • Founder, Kentucky Tax Payers United, 1994-2000
  • Former practicing ophthalmologist, Bowling Green (KY)
Education:
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1988
  • Attended Baylor University, 1981-1984
Contact Info:
Phone
202-224-4343
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
paul.senate.gov
Other:
  • He is currently a Republican candidate for the United States Presidency in 2016
  • Born in Pittsburgh, PA on Jan. 7, 1963
  • Married with three sons
  • Son of Ron Paul, MD, former US Representative (R-TX) and Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012
  • Twitter handle: @SenRandPaul
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?