I’m going to come right out and say it: Karen Santorum is trash and so is her husband, pure and simple. No person that uses their most likely terminally ill baby to political benefit is worthy to be in the public’s eye without being spit on, much less be President and First Lady.
In an interview with fallen right wing media whore, Glenn Beck, Mrs. Santorum detailed her reasoning for supporting her husband’s bid for the presidency with Mr. Santorum elaborating further:
K. Santorum: What did it for me, though, was Obamacare; Because we have, as you know, a little precious, a little angel, little Bella, a special needs little girl, and when Obamacare passed, that was it, that put the fire in my belly.
BECK: How much of a danger are the most vulnerable in our society if Obamacare actually kicks in and the whole bell curve…
R. SANTORUM: It’s all about utilization, right? It’s all about how do we best allocate resources where they are most effectively used?
Mr. Santorum goes on to explain what he (ignorantly) thinks socialized medicine is:
Government allocating resources best on how to get the best bang for your dollars and it’s all about utility. It’s all about the usefulness of the person to society, instead of the dignity of every human life and the opportunity for people who love and care for people to give them the best possibility to have the best possible life.
Here’s the clip:
Where do I even begin? First off, Sarah Palin used her Down Syndrome child, Trig, in an ill advised attempt to shame Rahm Emmanuel into being fired for using the word “retarded.” She failed. She also tried to claim a moral high ground for simply having a special needs child. She failed at that, too. Karen Santorum will fail as well. And for the same reason. They are hypocrites. Why? Both are opposed to universal healthcare. It is impossible to call for “the dignity of every human life” and support a fully privatized health care system as Santorum does. Once a profit motive is introduced, human life is reduced to a dollar sign. There is nothing more dehumanizing than that.
For-profit insurance will do anything to save money. Anything. Bella Santorum was born with Trisomy 18, also known as Edward’s Syndrome. A genetic disorder that only roughly 1% of affected children who survive birth live to, never mind pass, the age of ten. And that only with serious medical intervention. If The Santorums were not well off and well known, their daughter could easily been denied health insurance. She was born sick, after all. Before the loathsome cruelty of Obamacare, insurance companies could, legally, mind you, turn Bella down because of her pre-existing condition. Just like that, she cannot get the life saving treatments she requires.
But because of the evil and dangerous socialist overreach of Obamacare, no mother can have her baby thrown to the wolves by an insurance company that refuses to cover birth defects.
The next problem with the Santorums’ tale of socialist evil is that it’s bullshit. It always was and it always will be. How do we know this? What empirical evidence do we have that socialized medicine will not sacrifice the sick in order to allocate “resources best on how to get the best bang for your dollars and it’s all about utility?” We look to Europe, that bastion of sadistic child murder and universal health care. How can anyone with an ounce of personal integrity look at Europe and claim that they routinely let children die? On the other hand, we can look here, in the United States, and see the for-profit insurance companies deny as many claims as they can knowing that there will always be a percentage of patients that will just pay rather than fight. We can see the practice of recission, where an insurance company will gladly take your money and then, when you get expensively sick or injured, just as gladly terminate your coverage for forgetting to mention you were treated for acne when you were a teenager.
But because of the unmitigated horror of Obamacare, insurance companies can no longer steal your money and kick you to the curb when you need them the most.
It’s all well and good for Karen and Rick Santorum to denounce the evils of universal healthcare and extol the virtues of the free market while using their “miracle” baby as a crass justification for their views; A baby, again, that is only alive through the grace of expensive medical procedures that would break a middle class family or be far beyond the reach of a poor family or single mother. But for the rest of the country that is not so fortunate, the “free market” of private insurance is now only barely tolerable because of the provisions in Obamacare that actually does try to preserve the “dignity of every human life and the opportunity for people who love and care for people to give them the best possibility to have the best possible life” instead of the usefulness of the person to a corporation’s bottom line.
It bears repeating: A “free market” is never free. There’s always a cost and it’s more often than not measured in human suffering.
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