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A Short Bio on Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul, M.D. is one of the nation’s leading advocates for liberty. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Dr. Paul has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility. As a fierce advocate against government overreach, Rand has fought tirelessly to return government to its limited, constitutional scope.
A devoted husband and father, Dr. Paul and his family live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Rand owned his own ophthalmology practice and performed eye surgery for 18 years. As a hard-working and dedicated physician--not a career politician--Rand Paul came to Washington to shake things up and to make a difference.
Dr. Paul has been married for 24 years to Kelley Ashby Paul of Russellville, Kentucky, and together, they have three sons: William, 21; Duncan, 18; and Robert, 15. He regularly volunteered to coach teams for each of his three sons in Little League baseball, soccer, and basketball. Rand and Kelley are both devout Christians and are active in their local church.
Rand is the third of five children born to Carol and Ron Paul. He grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas and attended Baylor University. He graduated from Duke Medical School in 1988. Dr. Paul completed a general surgery internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. Upon completion of his training in 1993, Rand and Kelley moved to Bowling Green to start their family and begin his ophthalmology practice.
In 1995, Rand founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgery to needy families and individuals. Rand is a former president and 17-year member of Lions Clubs International, which is dedicated to preserving sight by providing eyeglasses and surgery to the less fortunate around the world. In recognition of his outstanding and sustained efforts to provide vision care to Kentuckians in need, Lions Clubs International has awarded Rand many of its highest commendations.
A large part of Rand's daily work as an ophthalmologist was dedicated to preserving the vision of our seniors. In 2002, The Twilight Wish Foundation recognized Rand for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Seniors.
During his free time, Dr. Paul performs pro-bono eye surgeries for patients across Kentucky. Additionally, he provides free eye surgery to children from around the world through his participation in the Children of the Americas Program. Most recently, he traveled to Guatemala on a medical mission trip with the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center. During the week over 200 patients, many of them blind with cataracts had their vision restored by Dr. Paul.
Dr. Paul's entrance into politics is indicative of his life’s work as a surgeon: a desire to diagnose problems and provide practical solutions, whether it be in Bowling Green, Kentucky or Washington, D.C.
Randal Howard "Rand" Paul (born January 7, 1963) is an American physician and politician from Kentucky. In office since 2011, Paul currently serves in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party. He is also a trained ophthalmologist and is the middle son of former U.S. Representative and physician Ron Paul of Texas.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul attended Baylor University and is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine. Paul began practicing ophthalmology in 1993 in Bowling Green, Kentucky and established his own clinic in December 2007.
Paul has been considered a supporter of the Tea Party movement, and a vocal critic of the Federal Reserve System. He has opposed NSA mass surveillance of Americans and supports reduced government spending and taxation. He describes himself as "100% pro-life" and has cosponsored legislation for the equal protection of the right to life from conception. Paul officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election on April 7, 2015.
I'm poor and can't afford insurance as it is and also get penalized for not being able to afford it each year.
Stop comparing his plan to paradise and compare it to obamacare. It's much better!
All Obamacare did was get more folks on Medicaid, which is just stealing from the rest of us.
They are lying to you people, it's not about repealing AHC, it's really about trying to erase the term " ObamaCare" from AHC.... the thought that a black man would get credit for implementing universal health care.... it's a rouse ! Fact, he already did it, and the act can only be modified because it's not going away. Not than getting rid of Medicaid,SSN, or public schools.... these things are here to stay....
This plan is the best I have ever heard mooted by anyone, anywhere. No magical "savings" from a committee in Washington. No forcing people to do something they don't wish to do on their own. No special favors granted to the insurance industry, or to business. No penalizing a business for hiring the 50th full time employee. Just good old fashioned supply/demand.
like any association is going to allow someone with a pre-existing condition to join, thereby bringing up premiums for the entire group. Leaving women, children, and those with pre-existing conditions or health care costs that would be heightened for any other actuarial variable. It would leave just as many out in the cold as before, but the insurance companies would be just as able to deny those with pre-existing conditions or increased or 'high risk' healthcare variables.
He's allowing those with preexisting conditions to enroll for a few years without penalty.
If your coverage lapses or you just don't bother until you are sick then that defeats the whole purpose of insurance!
It's one of the more simple points to insurance....
But those with pre-existing conditions could also join a group with others in such a state. Their costs will be higher, no question, but their group could get them the best deal possible.
However, there are other ways around the pre-existing condition dilemma, without a personal mandate. One could mandate that insurance companies be required to accept those who previously had insurance of equal value. Similar result, no death spiral.
It has been well-documented that expanding Medicaid would SAVE the us citizens and the government money. With single-payer, comes the leverage to lower the prices. People would go to see the doctor instead of waiting until an emergency, which costs 10 times as much. There would be an increase in the need for health care workers from doctors to physical therapists, which would also stimulate the economy. Of course, doing this would not directly benefit the politicians who get lobbying money from the health care corporations. The insurance companies would lose money. But then again, for 2016, insurance lobbyists have spent $146,662,996 fighting against the ACA ($13,846,109 from BCBS alone). If they have that kind of money to gamble with, and with their CEOs making 15-20 million a year right now, I'm not too worried about them.
Of course they need to profit, that's how the world moves forward. But a thousand 1000% profit margin is ridiculous and not needed. You have doctors that only worry about making money. That isn't want being a doctor is all about. It's your complete devotion of time to treating, diagnosing the people.
+Egyptian Egyptian that is what insurance companies are for. They buy a drug from pharmaceutical companies and provide it to people who individually pay for the chance of them getting a disease. But when there isnt a profit involved, what encourages them to actually make quality medication?
you guys are right, what i did mean is that health professionals should put their patients before profiting. For example, a 750 dollar pill that treats HIV, a potential deadly incurable virus that many have but get aids quickly because they cannot control it. While the pill is clearly a few dollars to make in lab. Healthcare shouldn't be a retail competitive business. Yes they should profit but to a greedy extent.
We pay in for a savings yet it buys our still mandated insurance to support premiums that could easily be lowered? But aren't since the expected market growth is increasing in jobs? It needs to be a flat tax plan and converted to universal healthcare. Because either way workers will still be supporting the unemployment rates, homeless and squanderers of the system. In flat rates the differences are lower immediate costs and field a reserve for the earlier stated excessive costs. Also requiring tighter management.
Obamacare tax must go first.Insurance shouldn't be anywhere in routine day to day health maintenance and must be sold freely across state lines, medical and dental costs should be 100% deductible, holistic medicine should be completely legal,people should be able to buy most medications without prescriptions,HMO's suck and must be left to die, congress must revise tort laws and prevent ambulance chasers from blood sucking lawsuits.That will be a good start.
I like this plan. Rand Paul is exactly right about the economic forces that need to drive health care. Socialism has failed everywhere it's been tried, not because the socialists wanted it to fail, but because it doesn't work. It provides all of the wrong incentives and none of the right ones, except the antecedent condition, "I want health care". That condition already exists, the next step is to allow the free market to work. Remember when flat screen tv's cost $2,000 each? Socialism didn't make them any cheaper.
This is Divide and Conquer politics. The Individual has to take all the responsibility for every aspect of your health insurance. With the ACA health Care Act the Government must take responsibility for you so long as you pay the premiums. But the trouble started with the "One In All In" policy for the Republicans, cause it meant their Rich donors had to pay more to help subsidize the poor.
With 20 million people insuranced, the insurance industry and special interests were frightened of the market power that might drive down prices of medicines and health care. Lost profits!!!
So a scare campaign began with large donations from Pharmaceutical companies and Insurance Companies to finance the Republican States Health care revolt. This has driven up the price of health care compounding the poor appeal of the now so called "Obamacare".
Yet millions without cover, took it up saving thousands of lives and dollars that many could ill afford, literally.
You decide. Do Your own research. You have a voice. Tell your Representative in the House and/or Congress your opinion.
This is one of the most dire issues that turned the tide in this election Rand. Please be our champion on this issue and stand your ground as you have in the past, more so. I am getting sick and tired of hearing about the Congress dragging their feet on this. The time is NOW!
I like his idea. Government should have no role in healthcare. People should have responsibility for their own health , that means healthy choices , like moderate drinking , daily exercise, no smoking. That's how you get cheaper insurance, by proving that you won't need it. People don't understand that health insurance is a lot like car insurance , the safer you drive the less likely you will need it. Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for other people's lack of health. It's called social responsibility .
Rand, The health savings account didn't work for me. My wife needed week 18-20 baby ultrasound. I found a hospital that could do it for cash price 500. I went gave my insurance and got a bill for 1300, then my insurance got the price down to 730. I had to pay 730! I had to use my insurance to count towards my deductible. The insurance will not allow you to send a bill in for the cash price
Interesting, but rare. Most of the time the cash price is much much higher, because insurance rates to providers are based on percentage of usual fees. Imaging is different, because there is a fixed fee schedule, with well defined services and fees.
Your situation doesn't have anything to do with health savings accounts; it would've happened under any plan with a deductible, which the vast majority of plans do. I would have suggested taking the $500 cash option (especially if its toward the end of the year and I haven't used my insurance at all). Unless you're accident prone (or the sickly type), it's more likely than not that you won't reach your deductible, and you wasted that extra $230. But at the very least, your HSA means you can still deduct that $500 expense from your taxes, so (in effect) that ultrasound only costs you $400 or so.
you did not win to repeal the ACA this lie has cost you my support and probably all of the support you had in Moorehead and surrounding it. you have no idea why you were even voted for do you? your tax cut isn't one unless you consider Moorehead citizens to be wealthy. I am head of a family of 380 living family members and they listened to me then they will listen in 2018 but after this they probably won't need to heat from me to get rid of you because hillbillies are not the idiots you think we are.
I like Rand Paul, but healthcare with market approach is not good enough. People are not perfect, and they're rarely fortune tellers; they don't know what kind of medical bills they're going to incur, meaning there's a lot of uncertainty. Rand Paul believes individuals should make choice about how much they will save for their future health, but the choice is convoluted with so many variables and uncertainties that naturally comes with life itself. European countries are not idiots or communists in that they chose universal healthcare. They adopted universal healthcare because its more efficient to group the entire population together, which can drastically reduce statistical uncertainties AND drastically increase the bargaining power of the patients=taxpayers=future patients.
Some might argue that universal healthcare is less efficient than private options; I don't buy this, because in this case, government is becoming the SOLE CONSUMER, and that will increase competition within healthcare industries PROVIDED GOVERNMENT CAN NEGOTIATE. Waiting can happen, but its better than some folks being completely barred from certain treatments because they're poor and couldn't save enough no matter how much they put aside. Again, people will not save as much if they're very uncertain about their future. Variability decreases the value of any option. That works in stock markets just as same as individuals' choices
I love that he said vitamins and exercise. I have struggled so much staying true to my Chinese medicine because my employer did not consider my doctor a "real" physician. I appreciate that if I have to have insurance I can choose the type of care I receive
What makes Obummer care so intolerable is that we have high premiums and high deductibles and all we get is a friggin' HMO. Don't even recognize the sub-standard hospitals I'm allowed to use. If I get cancer, I can't use the huge world renowned cancer hospital in my city. I have to go to some rinky-dink hospital no one's ever even heard of - in spite of the fact that the premiums I pay are in line with what a company + employee pay for the employee's insurance but I still have high deductibles. This is not right. I do not receive a subsidy or tax benefit.
+Gabriel Bastasch well we can go on reddit to the liberal hive mind and find threads where people are talking about the related subject, and interject Rand Paul into the conversation. We have to do alot of grass roots work to "wake people up" to the reality of whats going on and why.
I am a radiologist. You can go to college to be a radiology tech, but you don't have to. Most of the techs I worked with had one year of classroom, one year of actual in the hospital working, then out into the world. Now, this does not include ultrasound techs or nuclear medicine techs, but it does include virtually all of the plain x-ray techs.
My mom went to university for radiology.
I'm pretty sure all her coworkers are college grads as well.
I think you are confusing a technician who helps and sometimes does X-rays for the actual radiologists.
That's good, but that is not the case here in NSW. BTW, the door to balloon time in the case you mentioned is 4-5 hrs. from what you gave me. Now, that is certainly a condition of living in the outback, so the time is not a very useful comparison. But that does not justify the slow adoption of new cures, or any of the other many deficiencies in Australian health care compared to the US.
That being said, while I know the system is worse here in Australia, it is not that much worse. It is certainly slower, but I cannot say that the almost triple cost of US health care compared to Australia is in any way worthwhile. The top level specialists here are every bit as knowledgeable as the US, as are the nurses. The radiology tech are much better in Aus. compared to the US (it is a university level discipline here, vocational level in the US).
But I believe that much of the problem in the US is generated by the government, especially due to the special interests involved. Rand Paul's ideas will squeeze some of that government generated cost out of the system. Some.
Nope live in outback SA 500kms north of Adelaide. Just last week a work mate had a heart attack at work at 10am, was transported by the Flying doctor to RAH and by 5pm had had the stent placed and was in recovery
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Welfare is always recruiting - his army grows everyday. The decadent people of Cuck pay tribute to the Zombies, but each year the payment grows more oppressive. Soon they will be unable to pay. Welfare will fall, and the Plague will be unleashed upon Cuck.
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