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Libertarian Legacy? Ron Paul's Campaign Manager, 49, Dies Uninsured, Of Pneumonia, Leaving family $400,000 Debt

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What a testament to the Libertarian creed, which abhors the idea of universal health care. This loyal, passionate man, who died too young, left his family a debt of $400,000 in medical bills.

Who knows whether he put off getting treatment for the pneumonia that killed him because he was uninsured.

Kent Snyder did some amazing work on the Ron Paul Campaign and is remembered as a "libertarian giant"- by Lew Rockwell, on the libertarian site, Lew

The Wall Street journal reports that Kent, more than anyone else, persuaded Ron Paul to run for president. And Kent, according the the WSJ, developed what "ultimately became a $35 million operation with 250 employees that helped deliver more than one million votes for the Texas congressman's bid in the Republican nominating contest."-

Ron Paul posted this message about Snyder on his website: ""Like so many in our movement, Kent sacrificed much for the cause of liberty, Kent poured every ounce of his being into our fight for freedom. He will always hold a place in my heart and in the hearts of my family."

Sadly, the Libertarian heart apparently does not include health care. The poor guy raised tens of millions of dollars and couldn't afford the $300-$600 a month that COBRA medical insurance would have cost.

Paul has some good ideas-- get out of Iraq, get the US out of a lot of other countries. But his opposition to government, to universal health care-- these ideas just don't work-- and his campaign manager's death makes a tragic example of it.

A website has been created to help raise the $400,000 to pay the medical bills.

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Huh.I am saddened by what Snyder went through and ... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Jul 5, 2008 at 11:30:08 PM
 A $35 million dollar operation can surely af... by Mark E. Smith on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 5:14:07 AM
in such a terrible tragedy as this. He is not a ma... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 12:52:37 PM
that more media, particularly on the left, have no... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 2:08:36 PM
Nothing wrong with Ron Paul's libratarian visi... by seth mcconnell on Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 at 7:49:18 AM
Of course Kent Snyder put off having his "ch... by Mike Shelby on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 2:51:39 PM
(We all do)I see no flaws. I see no shining exampl... by Ferdinand on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:20:38 PM
I am kind off an expert on the matters of hypocri... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:40:38 PM
We are not all logical, cold, and heartless. In fa... by Ferdinand on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 4:14:57 PM
just unfortunate.  In the 15th Centrury durin... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 5:16:59 PM
for all of us. Many theories break down in practic... by Laudyms on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:24:00 PM
Big Government is a "trickle-down" theor... by Steve Consilvio on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:42:05 PM
Why is $400,000 being raised for a dead man for &q... by Steve Consilvio on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:50:39 PM
I think Rob made two points. Health insurance is a... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 4:06:52 PM
History is all about the decisions of people who a... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 4:26:45 PM
I went to your last article about this - and I cou... by Heather Meyer on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 6:26:02 PM
While I am generally on agreement with most of wha... by Ed Encho on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 4:24:08 PM
He died at 49 of pneumonia? Had to be sick of some... by gordon nelson on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 4:58:33 PM
The REAL sad truth here is that this is an all too... by Heather Meyer on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 5:14:04 PM
Ron Paul supporters did not give their money to th... by Ferdinand on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 5:24:55 PM accidental error. I appreciate you pointing ... by Heather Meyer on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 6:06:39 PM
a month after the campaign ended, he needed medica... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:23:06 PM
these kinds of problems or dilemmas.Someone above ... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 6:54:39 PM
This is VERY well said. I think the main problem... by Heather Meyer on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 8:17:02 PM
why not criticize someone that can defend themself... by john riggs on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:27:06 PM
Karl Marx in Volume I of Das Kapital details the c... by WML on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:29:14 PM
Business and capitalism in and of itself is not ev... by john riggs on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 9:55:00 PM
Being of a similar age, also without health care, ... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 8:36:00 PM
Still another in an endless string of diatribes ca... by Craig Thomas on Monday, Jul 7, 2008 at 3:19:53 PM
Libertarians claim to be fiscally responsible yet ... by Ty on Thursday, Jul 10, 2008 at 9:10:36 PM
Then watch the following six-part series entitled ... by seth mcconnell on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 1:06:53 PM