On “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Ron Paul defended comments he made about AIDS patients in his 1987 book Freedom Under Siege. He shouldn’t have had to. The logic is irrefutable.
Paul wrote that people with sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS bear some responsibility for their condition and should not burden others with the cost of their care. “The individual suffering from AIDS certainly is a victim — frequently a victim of his own lifestyle — but this same individual victimizes innocent citizens by forcing them to pay for his care,” he wrote.
In the United States, the AIDS epidemic was caused mostly by homosexual behavior similar to way that venereal diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea are caused by promiscuous heterosexual activity.
“I don’t know how you can change science,” Paul answered. “Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by sexual activity. That’s been known for some 400 or 500 years, how these diseases are spread. If a fault comes with people because of their personal behavior, and in a free society people do dumb things, but it isn’t to be placed as a burden on other people, innocent people. Why should they have to pay for the consequences? That’s a sort of a nationalistic or socialistic attitude.”
(Because the government requires insurance companies to cover self-inflicted diseases, all of our rates go up.)