HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Would You Let Him Die?

Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:56pm

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) new baby, the health care overhaul advocacy group Protect Your Care, has launched a new website: LetHimDie.com.

The website is a reaction to heckling from a few members of Monday’s GOP debate audience who shouted “Yeah!” when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Texas Rep. Ron Paul whether society should let a (fake) 30-year-old man in a (fake) coma die.

Protect Your Care’s website demands each Republican candidate answer whether they would let him die.

If you missed the debate, here’s what happened:

“You’re a physician, Ron Paul, so you’re a doctor,” Blitzer astutely pointed out. “So you know something about this subject. Let me ask you a hypothetical question.”

(An aside: Dude, a hypothetical question? Really? We get you’re setting up Paul for a medical query, but it kinda sounds like you’re asking Paul about a make-believe land of which he is the only expert.)

Blitzer then launched into a story about a (fake) healthy 30-year-old guy who has a good job but decides not to spend the “$200 to $300 a month for health insurance,” but then something very bad happens and silly 30-year-old guy gets sick.

Blitzer’s question to Paul: “Who is going to pay for it if he goes into a coma, for example?”

Paul doesn’t really answer the question at first. “In a society that you accept welfare-ism and socialism, he expects the government to pay,” Paul said. Huh?

But what do you want, Blitzer probed.

“He should do whatever he wants to do,” Paul responded.

But, uh, (fake) 30-year-old guy is in a (fake) coma. It’s a shot in the dark, but we bet the only thing the (fake) 30-year-old guy really wants at this point is not to be in a coma (even a fake coma sounds awful).

Paul’s advice to (fake) 30-year-old guy in a coma? Well, he should buy coverage, which is probably true, though since he’s already in a coma, it’s probably a bit late.

Blitzer asked whether society should let the (fake) guy die.

“Yeah!” and clapping was heard from the audience.