Ron Paul Says Uninsured Shouldn't Be Left for Dead; Tea Party Audience Disagrees (Video)

In our poll yesterday, around 42 percent of our readers thought that the Tea Party audience made the most outlandish comment at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Express Republican debate.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul was asked a hypothetical question during the debate by moderator Wolf Blitzer about an otherwise-healthy 30-year-old man going into a coma after an accident and he doesn't have health insurance -- so who pays for it?

"That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks," Paul said. "This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody..."

Blitzer interrupted Paul, asking, "But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?"

That's where the Tea Party audience and Paul -- the only medical doctor among the GOP hopefuls -- disagreed.

Before Paul had a chance to answer the question, several of the Tea Party folks responded, "Yeah!" or with cheers.

Paul, on the other hand, didn't advocate leaving people for dead.

"No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school," Paul said. "I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals."

Check out the clip of the Tea Party death panel in the debate audience below:

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