I am sorry, but I am not reading all these pages. However, I would like to see a link that Ron Paul claimed this. I have no problem with this claim, but I want to see context.
Given our rising health care costs and limited resources, I personally wouldn't be opposed to the government stopping open heart surgery and other life savings operations for people over 80. It is unfortunate, but it is a sad part of life. Once you reach a certain age, the body starts breaking down. Using precious resources to keep someone alive for a few more years may not be worth it. Plus, you have to take into consideration the fact after life saving operations, these people will probably eat up more health care resources in the near future with existing or developing complications. I think those resources are best put to elsewhere.
This touches upon the essence of economics. How do we allocate our limited resources in the most optimal way?