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

Author: January 6, 2012 1:52 pm

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.

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  • He forgot, to include himself.

  • My ex-wife has pre-existing conditions, and had me pester HR at a new job about if their health plan would cover her, yet she is pro-Santorum because she has been brainwashed that Christians only vote Republican.

    You cannot serve both Ayn Rand and Jesus Christ, therefore I do not vote for the party of Rand, which is the Republicans.

  • Remember Terry Schiavo? The Bushes broke the law to try and save her. In the 90s, her insurance company dropped her because she suffered a stroke in her 20s (one of the major risk factors in this and other diseases are hereditary). When the plug was pulled on her, her room was being donated, but it was SS Disability and Medicaid that was paying the rest of her bills. People like you and the GOPTP candidates would have pulled the plug years before 2005. That is NOT a “culture of life”.

    Now, you may want to drop the Atlas Shrugged and read the Bible -Luke 3:11, Acts 2:44-45: 2 Samuel 12:1-5, Matthew 19:24, Matthew 5:1-11, Acts 4:32-35, Luke 7, Mark 10:17-23, Romans 13:6-7, 1 John 3:17, Leviticus 25:35, Isaiah 10: 1-2, Amos 8:4-8, James 5:1-5, James 3:14-18, James 2:1-9, James 1:9-11, Proverbs 22:16, 22-23, Isaiah 3 13-15. Ezek. 16:49ff 2 Corinthians 8:13-15.

    If you are like most teatards – you probably have a fatter ass than mine. At least I am going to Heaven and you are going top Hell. Satan and Ayn Rand have open arms for you.

  • Santorum is simply regurgitating the republicants mantra… every man, woman and child for themselves, they’re in this for their own selfish interests and that of the wealthy and big biz… Look at how much money Santorum has accrued since leaving office. Went to work for former contributors, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum!

    Time for full universal health care with a single payer system for every single American.

  • Speaking from personal experience, let me tell you, being sprayed with Agent Orange was not a lifestyle choice.

  • Voice of reason

    You liberals are idiots and completely missed the point.

    The current health-care systems is over-loaded with people who are eating and bad diet, not exercising, and making poor life-style choices.

    Before you whine about the poor sick person who has to pay a lot for care, remember your own fat ass is creating competition for that care, driving up the price, all because you’re too damn lazy and self-centered to live a healthy lifestyle.

    You stupid libtards need to stop making emotional appeals and face the hard facts. Healthcare costs money. If YOU are not living healthy, YOU are driving up health care costs for the truly sick.

    Think about that, assholes.

    • Winode Handagama

      I’m rather confused about te fact that you think people should be penalized for bein sick. Of course, there will always be those people who don’t care for their own bodies as they should, but charging every sick person more money simply because of a few negligent human beings seems like a total non-sequitur, does it not?

    • First of all…most of the companies that produce bad foods are owned, lock, stock and barrel, by Republicans. The highest rates of obesity are in Red States, where “vegetarianism” is considered a Devil religion. The lion’s share of welfare and health care costs are also in Red states, and red states bleed blue state tax payers for their health needs. Or didn’t you know that? Of course you didn’t, because, rather than read the Economist, or The Wall Street Journal, you instead listen to Glen Beck and Limbaugh, and can’t figure out why the WSJ just recently blasted the Republican debates. It must be fun living in a la la land in which you don’t know that 80% of welfare recipients are WHITE and live in RED states. The IRONY that liberal scientists (you know, the one’s with actually high paying jobs) pay for red state loony-white-welfare moms who then hold up signs saying “don’t feed black people” is pretty strong. That’s what we “intelligentsia” call profound Irony. But you aren’t of the “intelligentsia,” right? You’re “of the people,” and thus you aren’t “intelligent” or part of that group. You know, the nerds. You’re not one of them. Because they are assholes, right?

    • Remember Terry Schiavo? The Bushes broke the law to try and save her. In the 90s, her insurance company dropped her because she suffered a stroke in her 20s (one of the major risk factors in this and other diseases are hereditary). When the plug was pulled on her, her room was being donated, but it was SS Disability and Medicaid that was paying the rest of her bills. People like you and the GOPTP candidates would have pulled the plug years before 2005. That is NOT a “culture of life”.

      Now, you may want to drop the Atlas Shrugged and read the Bible -Luke 3:11, Acts 2:44-45: 2 Samuel 12:1-5, Matthew 19:24, Matthew 5:1-11, Acts 4:32-35, Luke 7, Mark 10:17-23, Romans 13:6-7, 1 John 3:17, Leviticus 25:35, Isaiah 10: 1-2, Amos 8:4-8, James 5:1-5, James 3:14-18, James 2:1-9, James 1:9-11, Proverbs 22:16, 22-23, Isaiah 3 13-15. Ezek. 16:49ff 2 Corinthians 8:13-15.

      If you are like most teatards – you probably have a fatter ass than mine. At least I am going to Heaven and you are going top Hell. Satan and Ayn Rand have open arms for you.

  • Perhaps there should be a requirement to spend “x” number of days volunteering in a hospital or clinic getting to know the sick before becoming a politician. The ignorance level of some politicians is just astounding.

    • Matter of fact, there should be a requirement to spend a certain amount of time volunteering with the poor and getting to know their situations, too. Newsflash: Not everyone who is on food stamps is jobless (some work, just at low-paying jobs), and not all of them are black, either.

  • Frothy believes that all genetic disorders are caused by lifestyle choices.

    Tell that to a newborn.

    • @Scott: His own child suffers from a genetic disorder. He speaks about it freely. My heart goes out to the family. Who is to blame for this tragedy? I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, even Frothy, but you would think that his OWN EXPERIENCES would give the man a little bit of empathy.

      • To be a Teapublican, you have to be against yourself (a.k.a. schizophrenic).

        • Floyd,
          Don’t demean the mentally ill by comparing them to rethuglicans! I know plenty of people who are in treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, and every single one whose politics I’ve enquired about is whole-heartedly left.
          Nobody chooses to suffer from schizophrenia (whatever right-wingers claim, it’s not a pre-existing condition caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices!). It seems to me that being a right-winger is the unhealthy lifestyle choice, as evidenced by the higher rates of obesity, tobacco abuse, and other high-risk behaviours among said hypocritical sleazeballs (I guess they rationalise that that their God will save them from themselves?). Let’s reduce health-care costs by promoting educated liberalism!

          Right-wingers are the classic example of what I once heard somebody call “willful ignorance” — if they don’t like the implications of truth, they refuse to believe it, often making up some totally bizarre alternative. (Some examples: climate denial, the claim that a fetus is a person, the claim that condoms don’t protect against AIDS, “intelligent design,”
          Bush&Buddies’ insistence that Terri Schiavo was still alive in any meaningful sense was another example of willful ignorance (religious extremists don’t like the idea that there is no “soul” independent of physical existence).

          It is true that “insurance” really isn’t an accurate term for what we’ve become accustomed to calling “health insurance;” it’s not properly “insurance” in the same sense as “auto insurance” or “homeowners’ insurance” is. Calling it something else, such s “health care coverage,” would make more sense…it would definitely make more sense than eliminating coverage for people who have chronic illnesses. (This would also be more expensive down the line.) As for lifestyle issues like overeating; not exercising; smoking, drinking, and other drug use; etc., it’s been found that charging more or otherwise penalising people who engage in high-risk activities doesn’t actually help them cut down on those behaviours. (It’s also questionable whether other drugs which are often automatically labelled “drugs of abuse” actually put people at risk of anything; for example, there has never been demonstrated any health risk, including addiction, of marijuana or LSD use.

          Speaking of twisted, ****ed up laws…yet another example of right-wing hypocrisy: they like to call themselves “libertarian” when it suits their fancy (to ensure that Big Biz continues paying $0 in income tax, e.g.) but in other cases — as with their continued support for the extremely expensive, ineffective War on Some Drugs — they’re as Big-Government as can be, in the very worst way. The people suffering most from the Controlled Substances Act are those who use *prescribed drugs*.

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