Published On: Wed, Jan 18th, 2017

Rand Paul takes socialist Bernie Sanders to the woodshed in Price hearing

During the Dr Tom Price hearing today in Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, members from the Democratic Party drilled Rep. Price on a number of issues concerning his beliefs, his finances and his thoughts on a myriad of issues that would be under his umbrella as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, if confirmed.

Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders was one of the first committee members to question Price, and being the one-trick pony blowhard that he is, this is how the questioning went during his turn:

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Sen. Sanders:  Congressman Price, The USA is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all it’s people as a right. Canada does it, every major country in Europe does it. Do you believe that health care is a right of all Americans, whether they are rich or poor? Should people, because they are Americans, be able to go to the doctor when they need to, be able to go to the hospital because they are Americans? 

Rep. Price: If we are a compassionate society…(Rudely cut off by Sanders to make this inane comment).

Sen. Sanders: No, we are not a compassionate society! Our record is worse than any country on earth in relation to poor and working people. Half of our older workers have nothing set aside for retirement. Compared to other countries, we are not particularly compassionate.

Several minutes later, Kentucky Senator and physician Rand Paul had the opportunity to question Dr Price and he definitely took some well deserved jabs at Sanders and his hyperbole without mentioning his name.

Sen. Paul: It’s been insinuated that America is this horrible, rotten place. The physician don’t have compassion. As your work as a physician, did you always agree as part of your engagement with the hospitals to treat all comers regardless of ability to pay?

Rep Price: It’s one of the things we pride ourselves on. Anyone in need of care was provided that care.

Sen. Paul: It’s interesting that those that say we don’t have compassion, and you look at a country like Venezuela–great resources and an utter disaster where people can’t eat and things are devolving into violence (Remember Mr Sanders dodged a question from Univision during the campaign about Venezuela, a country tanking due to a full blown socialistic system that Sanders essentially argues for).

It is important we have a debate in our country between socialism and communism and America and capitalism. One of the extraordinary things about our country is just two years ago in 2014, we gave away $400 billion privately, not the government, individually through churches and charities. We are an incredibly compassionate society.

Closing on his dig at Sanders comment on lack of compassion, Paul states: I would argue the opposite. The greatness of our country and the greatness of the compassion of our country, we give away more than the gross domestic product of most socialized countries around the world.

Sanders once again just throws out this nonsense and unfortunately, so many believe it (A failure of our government education system that deprives students from knowing the truth about the failures of socialism). As talk show host, Jason Stapleton correctly describes ( A must listen)– “He wraps himself in this mantra of being a man of the people. And in reality, what Bernie Sanders is is a bumbling old man, who has risen to the height of social influence and political power by convincing a very poorly educated electorate that he is an expert on economic and social issues.”

According to Sanders, compassion comes from the government, which nothing could be farther from the truth.

Sanders’ emotional statement on health care as a right is also hugely incorrect. As Judge Andrew Napolitano once penned:

What is a right? A right is a gift from God that extends from our humanity. Thinkers from St. Thomas Aquinas, to Thomas Jefferson, to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Pope John Paul II have all argued that our rights are a natural part of our humanity. We own our bodies, thus we own the gifts that emanate from our bodies. So, our right to life, our right to develop our personalities, our right to think as we wish, to say what we think, to publish what we say, our right to worship or not worship, our right to travel, to defend ourselves, to use our own property as we see fit, our right to due process — fairness — from the government, and our right to be left alone, are all rights that stem from our humanity. These are natural rights that we are born with. The government doesn’t give them to us and the government doesn’t pay for them and the government can’t take them away, unless a jury finds that we have violated someone else’s rights.

What is a good? A good is something we want or need. In a sense, it is the opposite of a right. We have our rights from birth, but we need our parents when we are children and we need ourselves as adults to purchase the goods we require for existence. So, food is a good, shelter is a good, clothing is a good, education is a good, a car is a good, legal representation is a good, working out at a gym is a good, and access to health care is a good. Does the government give us goods? Well, sometimes it takes money from some of us and gives that money to others. You can call that taxation or you can call it theft; but you cannot call it a right.

If health care is a right, what to stop “compassionate” men and women like Sanders to declare other goods as “rights”?

Thank you Sen Paul for correcting the socialist Senator on the true compassion of America.


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  1. Leprosy, HIV and vaccines among questions for Dr. Tom Price - Outbreak News Today says:

    […] Rand Paul takes socialist Bernie Sanders to the woodshed in Price hearing […]

  2. David says:

    There is a difference between fake and biased. This is news because it reports what happened. It is biased because it clearly agreed with one party over another.
    Fake news simply didn’t happen, while biased news is full of conjecture about WHY something happened.

    The only reason we get any truth at all is because someone wants to establish trust in order to convince us of their bias.
    Can you can find something here that is not true?

  3. Alber says:

    Another piece of crap that is just an opinion article being portrayed as real news…
    The most biased an article is, the more likely it is for it to be called ‘real’ news by conservative people.
    This is just as biased as anything coming from Fox News, and not worthy at all to be considered “news”. Call it what it is an opinion article! And an extremely biased one.

    • Your Name...Rhett says:

      Good lord, the only people who think being taken care for life is a right are the unemployable & politicians like Sanders who profit off the unemployable. Unfortunately for the working class every layabout that passed first grade is now screaming about their right to be a layabout. Healthcare is not a right you moron. If you want free healthcare go rob a bank or join the military. In either case your healthcare will be awful but you’ll be getting not only what you want but what you deserve.

    • Reality Check says:

      Shouldn’t you and your thugs be looking for some random white disabled person to torture? The anti-Trump mentality

    • Ricky says:

      100% accurate

    • Paul Bjorneby says:

      If Bernie is so for the poor and under served, how come he was able to spend $ 625,000 on a lake house just after the primaries ? Not to mention that his wife single handedly closed down the college in Vermont due to her mismanagement. That man should never have been voted in as a senator.

  4. Cherie Pope says:

    Politicians want to stand on some moral high horse and act like they have never taken a stock tip, or used their office in someway. Give me a break, 75% of politicians are crooks. That’s why WE THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES VOTED FOR DONALD JOHN TRUMP. And I pray to God that he turns this country around.
    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands One Nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. To everyone that can’t or won’t recite this pledge, get out of our Country. I didn’t support Obama, but I didn’t cry about it. I still loved my counrty, praying for it to heal. At least Trump loves America…..and that’s enough for me.

  5. Ian says:

    This is not a news article. This is a poorly written op-ed with no attempt at fair and balanced reporting.

  6. DC says:

    By your “logic” here then education should not be a right either. I have paid tens of thousands of dollars in taxes (property taxes in Michigan) to fund schools to educate children yet I never had children and will not adopt or have children ever. If you want to argue that I got a public education as a child and thus should pay for it as an adult, I would counter that my parents actually paid for that and more. If you want to argue that I benefit from people being educated and it’s a societies obligation then I would argue that the same can be said for providing all citizens with needed medical care because when people are suffering, sick and dying from unmet medical needs, then the whole society is the worse off for this as well.

    • Brandon Jones says:

      I believe many would agree that the FEDERAL government’s role in education should be cut or at least reduced.

      Free lunches, daycare and a plethora of administrative assistants are causing the costs to sky rocket in my area. A federal allotment per child and a voucher system which could override the district rules would give parents even more freedom to get their kids the BEST education.

      Back to the medical argument and the “people are suffering, sick and dying from unmet medical needs, then the whole society is the worse off for this as well.” — we would ALL agree, but another bloated program like Obamacare DID NOT help and proved that the politicians just lied about the potential. Remember that many of the fines and mandates aren’t even in effect yet.

      We have Medicaid for the poor and we could easily allow for broader coverage, more options which would reduce the fraud as well.

      Most to your point, I’d say that people’s choices (like drinking, smoking and drug use) should factor into them paying more. If they are going to be a bigger risk, then they should more.

    • RandyYour Name... says:

      Correct, education is not a right either. Just because people should have something or we all benefit from them having it does not make it a right. I support giving portions of my income away to help educate others and provide medical care for them but it is does not make them rights.
      You put “logic” in quotes, what is the flaw in the logic?

  7. Kilna says:

    “As your work as a physician, did you always agree as part of your engagement with the hospitals to treat all comers regardless of ability to pay?”

    You can answer this question “yes” and still send debt collectors after every person unable to pay. Which is what every single “healthcare” *organization *does*. Forcing a family to choose between death or financial ruin is not, by any stretch of the imagination, compassion.

  8. Warren says:

    The previous guy is a moron beyond belief. How is something fake that actually happened?

  9. Jason says:

    I really enjoyed this article and the facts and opinion presented in it but refuse to share it because of multiple grammatical mistakes. Maybe your Editor needs an editor.

    • Doxie lover says:

      Jason…I could have written your comment myself — and almost did. Verbatim. This is a frequent pet peeve…writers and editors need to care enough about their product to READ it. One random error on occasion is expected; but as you noted, there are many in this piece.

  10. Ron says:

    What a totally biased article. Worthless as so many sites are nowadays

  11. Michael says:

    This article is more real news than anything I have read recently. Substantive quotes and discussions.

  12. Ken Albert says:

    The only reason I landed on your article is because it was for some reason part of Google News headlines. Price buys stock in medical enterprises that stand to prosper from legislation he advocates. This is a huge opportunity for him, with more power, to turn this new office into some really serious cash. Had he remained a mere medical doctor, he would not have been able to accumulate nearly as large a stash. Your article ignores the issues. Great example of pure crap.

    • Brandon Jones says:

      Ignores the issues? You only want attack pieces on Price?

      None of that is relevant to the Paul response to Sanders. The hearing on Price instigated the conversation, but the nonsensical socialized medicine that Sanders is promoting is a disaster around the world. Saying Americans are NOT compassionate is just a disgusting and inaccurate remark. Kudos to Paul for calling him out on that.

    • Josh J says:

      I second Brandon’s retort. I’d also add that Price using the government to make himself richer is an ironic jab at an article explaining the difference between government as the source of compassion versus private charity.

      Like a typical Leftist, you denounce the free market advocate (in this case Rand Paul) by pointing out the corruption in government. The irony is thick with this one.

    • BriceD says:

      Hear! Hear! What garbage. I don’t recall Sanders ever advocating for a system like Venezuela.

  13. Cindy says:

    Thank you. I was so angry when Sanders made this comment. I have many friends who sacrifice time and money for good works. I work with them. The comfort I take is I see the real need, and we fill it. Government is blind. They send checks to liars and cheats. I resent the government extorting from the hard working people of this country, to give it to others who will not attempt to improve themselves, to fend for themselves, taking the dishonest path of least resistance. They get by; we get more tired and more poor. I don’t know how political hacks can show their faces on camera; we’re in debt, and the Dems need a bigger program to keep the least productive in our country unproductive ad nauseum, but voting for Dems. Simple truth.

  14. Your Name... says:

    fake news

  15. Your Name... says:

    You call this s**t news

    • James Dickerson says:

      Yes I call this news. And I call you shit.

    • Your Name... says:

      you’re a fag.

      • mark gerhardtYour Name... says:

        Your Name is fag a PC term? You know at one time a fag was a cigarette. And gay meant you were happy. Now being gay means anything but being happy. The most unhappy group of humans on the planet. People like yourself with IQ’s under 30 shouldn’t post anything online ever. You just prove your ignorance.

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