The Q was: Should the children of illegal aliens get government funded emergency treatment at hospitals.
As I hear it, Ron got tongue-tied because he was trying to provide a multi-part answer under pressure.
The answer (as I heard it) was:
- Government shouldn't force hospitals to give emergency care to ANYone, legal, illegal, kids of illegals, etc.
- Government should ALSO not put roadblocks in front of those (such as the Catholic Church) who do want to operate emergency rooms and give care to all comers, and historically have done so (but have to a large extent been driven out by these government interventions).
- We should get government out regulating (screwing up) and (under) funding emergency room and other medicine, go back to what we had before they meddled, which did a much better job providing emergency care, and move on from there.
The answer was pretty clear to me, but I can easily see how it would be misheard as "the kids of illegals should not get medical care".
I note that the anti-Ron Paul propagandists tried really hard to paint him as an anti-black racist, too. That ground to a halt after the husband of a patient came forward and started campaigning for him.
Seems his wife was at a hospital E-room, bleeding out from pregnancy complications, and on infinite wait, getting no service. He tried to bring her condition to the attention of the medical staff and they had called security, which was about to take them away. Then Ron (a gynecologist on duty) walked in, saw what was happening, and intervened, getting the wife the immediate emergency care needed to save her and the baby's lives, and getting the security off the husband's case.