Santorum Says Sick People Should Have To Pay More For Insurance (VIDEO)

A neighbor has Sickle Cell Anemia. A friend was just diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Another friend spent Christmas in the hospital from an asthma attack, a childhood affliction. Another friend, a triathlete and a doctor, has Type I Insulin Dependent Diabetes. My significant other suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a condition he inherited from his mother. Every year, about 17,000 non-smokers develop lung cancer. Every day, countless numbers of otherwise healthy, in shape people develop diseases. Healthy, nurturing mothers give birth to sick babies. What do all of these people have in common, besides the fact that they are ill from no fault of their own? They all have what insurance companies would consider preexisting conditions…conditions that under the pre-“Obamacare” system, would leave them uninsurable, with life-altering illnesses and with few options for treatment.

Here is a list of preexisting conditions. If you are one of the lucky few that doesn’t have one of these, maybe you simply haven’t seen the right doctor. The medical community, presumably in cahoots with the pharmaceutical industry, is adding new diseases and changing ways of diagnosing old ones, so previously healthy people can overnight become sick.


Rick Santorum thinks it’s just fine that these people should have to go without insurance or pay more for insufficient coverage. In fact, he says that preexisting conditions are due to lifestyle choices.

At a town hall meeting in Keene, NH this morning, a woman, whose son survived childhood cancer, asked if Santorum thought it was okay for an insurance company to deny her son insurance. Santorum answered “I’m okay with that.”

Excerpt and video from Think Progress:

MOTHER: The comments I heard you make in New Hampshire, comments that you support insurance companies’ right to refuse to insure people with pre-existing conditions and that you also agreed with higher premiums for people who are sick, well my son graduated college and I pray that he gets a good job. Why is it alright for him to possibly be denied health care insurance or have to possibly pay a fee that he would not be able to afford or for a company not to hire him because he was five years old and he had cancer? …

SANTORUM: Insurance works when people who are higher risk end up having to pay more, as they should. In your case, your son obviously did nothing wrong. Obviously there are a lot of other people that increased their health risk that did do things wrong and as a result, it resulted in higher health care costs.


Last month in Iowa, Santorum said:

“I reject … that people die in America because of lack of health insurance. People die in America because people die in America,” he was quoted as saying. “And people make poor decisions with respect to their health and their health care. And they don’t go to the emergency room or they don’t go to the doctor when they need to. And it’s not the fault of the government for not providing some sort of universal benefit.”

The very act of being born is a preexisting condition. The human body has an expiration date. By Santorum arguing that people should pay more for health insurance because their bodies take ill before other bodies is both discriminatory and short-sighted. People who exercise take care of their bodies, but they also put them at risk. People who eat right use potentially dangerous knives and cook over flames. While these two examples might sound silly, (knock on wood) the only times I’ve needed expensive medical care were from a sports related shoulder injury and from cutting myself while chopping vegetables. The fact is, all insured people are potential risks for insurance companies. If they can’t handle the risk, they should get out of the business.

However, to Santorum, the born are obviously not of his concern. His only concerns are the unborn and the profitability of potential campaign donors.