Last updated on: 6/4/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Ron Paul, MD Biography

Title:
Former United States Representative (R-TX)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Following months of heated public debate and aggressive closed-door negotiations, Congress finally cast a historic vote on healthcare late Sunday evening. It was truly a sad weekend on the House floor as we witnessed further dismantling of the Constitution, disregard of the will of the people, explosive expansion of the reach of government, unprecedented corporate favoritism, and the impending end of quality healthcare as we know it…

[T]he most troubling aspect of this bill is that it is so blatantly unconstitutional and contrary to the ideals of liberty. Nowhere in the constitution is there anything approaching authority for the Federal government to do any of this. The founders would have been horrified at the idea of government forcing citizens to become consumers of a particular product from certain government approved companies. 38 states are said to already be preparing legal and constitutional challenges to this legislation, and if the courts stand by their oaths, they will win.”

“Texas Straight Talk: Health Care Reform Passes,” www.house.gov, Mar. 22, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Campaign for Liberty
  • Distinguished Counselor, Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas, 1997-2012
  • Former chairman, Liberty Caucus of Fellow Congressmen on Capitol Hill
  • Former member, Financial Services Committee; International Relations Committee; Joint Economic Committee
  • Former member, Subcommitte on the Western Hemisphere; Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology; Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight; Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)
  • Former member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Republican Presidential Candidate, 2008
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 1968-1996
  • Libertarian Presidential Candidate, 1988
  • United States Senate, Republican Candidate, 1984
  • Member, United States House of Representatives (R-TX), 1976-1977, 1979-1985
  • Republican Nominee for United States House of Representatives, 1974
  • Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty
  • Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee
  • Distinguished Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute
Education:
  • MD, Duke University, 1961
  • BS, Gettysburg College, 1957
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RonPaul
  • As a physician he refused to accept payment by Medicare or Medicaid, preferring to work for free or pre-arranged discounts or payment plans for poor patients
  • Air National Guard, 1965-1968
  • United States Air Force, Captain, 1963-1965
Quoted in:
  1. Are the 2010 health care reform laws socialist?