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Dick Santorum says market more important than child’s life

02 Feb

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential groupie Dick Santorum told the mother of a child with a rare genetic disorder that she shouldn’t have a problem paying $1 million a year for drugs because Apple’s iPad can cost around $900.

Speaking to a “huge” crowd of a couple hundred people in Colorado, Dick said demand should set prices for drugs.

“People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad,” the candidate explained. “But paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with — it keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned to think health care is something you can get without having to pay for it.”

First, you unfeeling dolt, an iPad costs about $500, and it’s a onetime expense; and second, that’s all you’ve got to offer as someone running for president? “Demand should prices for drugs”? What was the next line you were going to say? “If you can’t afford the drugs then perhaps your son should die and decrease the surplus population”? Perhaps Dick “in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor woman’s child!”

The mother replied she couldn’t afford her son’s medication, Abilify, which can cost as much as $1 million a year without health insurance.

“Look, I want your son and everybody to have the opportunity to stay alive on much-needed drugs,” Santorum insisted. “But the bottom line is we have to give companies the incentive to make those drugs. And if they don’t have the incentive to make those drugs, your son won’t be alive and lots of other people in this country won’t be alive.”

What’s that supposed to mean? I want your son to live, but we can’t have both? For the good of society it’s better to sacrifice your son’s life than ask a pharmaceutical company to make less profit? This is the classic uber-conservative religious zealot in action, oppose abortion, oppose contraception but once the child is born forget about it and place the entire burden of raising a child upon the head of the parent. No help from government, “that’s not government’s concern”.

“He’s alive today because drug companies provide care,” the candidate continued. “And if they didn’t think they could make money providing that drug, that drug wouldn’t be here. I sympathize with these compassionate cases. … I want your son to stay alive on much-needed drugs. Fact is, we need companies to have incentives to make drugs. If they don’t have incentives, they won’t make those drugs. We either believe in markets or we don’t.”

So, markets and corporations trump people in Santorum world? What if it was his family that didn’t have health insurance or couldn’t afford the meds his daughter needed? “Oh God! To hear the insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!”

Santorum needs to crawl back into whatever dark, dank hole he slithered out of; he’s an embarrassment.

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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One response to “Dick Santorum says market more important than child’s life

  1. Floyd Miller

    February 2, 2012 at 20:19

    Who paid the medical bills for Terri Schiavo for her last 15 years? And what did they amount to?
    Before her death, several news reports indicated the costs of Schiavo’s care were covered by a nonprofit hospice and Florida’s Medicaid program. Also, Schiavo’s husband, Michael, won a $1 million medical malpractice award, part of which was spent on her care.

    The Republicans were all for spending any amount of taxpayer money to save Terry Schiavo in 2005, even coining the “culture of life” phrase and now they would have her die instead. I guess the “culture of life” was costing their masters too much money.

     

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