On the flipside, Ron Paul sounds like he is/was a pretty compassionate doctor. It’s tough to rectify this image with the one from his newsletters and debates. Though, if I started getting a lecture on the gold standard in labor, that might be less than amusing:
Barbara Allen, 69, describes Paul’s bedside manner as “pretty much to the point”: assertive, professional, and reassuring in his competence, if not with flowery pep talks. She says Dr. Paul wasn’t the type for chitchat, but whenever conversation did stray from her pregnancy, it inevitably turned to libertarian issues.
“You went in and you got an education on the gold standard,” she says. “That’s what he talked about when you were on the table.”
And Paul put his overtaxed money where his Ayn Rand-quoting mouth was: he famously refused to accept Medicare and Medicaid payments from his patients, opting instead to provide free services to expectant mothers in need.