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Rand Paul compares universal health care to slavery. Seriously.

At a Senate subcommittee hearing on community health centers, Rand Paul (R-Kent.) had this to say:

With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have 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. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses […]

I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care. 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.

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait points out a tiny flaw in Paul’s reasoning:

Of course, we already have a system that establishes the right to health care for elderly Americans. We do not seem to have many instances of police abductions of medical personnel and their support staff compelling medical procedures performed at gunpoint. Nor does every other advanced country, all of which treat medical care as a basic right.

Subcommittee chair Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Verm.) responded to Paul by asking the Vermont doctor who was testifying if she felt like a slave because she worked at a federally-funded community health center. She said she did not.

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