Thursday, February 02, 2012

Santorum to sick kid: Don’t complain about $1 million drug costs


By David Edwards/Raw Story

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the mother of a child with a rare genetic disorder on Tuesday that she shouldn’t have a problem paying $1 million a year for drugs because Apple’s iPad can cost around $900.
Speaking to more than 400 people at Woodland Park, Colorado, the former Pennsylvania senator said that 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.”
The mother replied that she could not 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.”
“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.”
Watch this video from ABC News, broadcast Feb. 1, 2012.
Motor City Liberal Comment: This election about what country do you want it's not about Glenn Greenwald whining about drone strikes, it's not about Cenk Uygur cherry picking items in the NDAA bill to rail against. Things Republicans used to talk about in the backrooms with their corporate sugar daddies are things they're telling us right in our face like where they want to take us. Every Republican that either ran or still running for president said if elected the first thing they will do is repeal healthcare, let me remind you none of them has presented their plan to make sure every American has access to healthcare. So it's easy to assume they will allow health insurance companies to go back denying patients care  because it's more profitable to do so or denying new patients due to pre-existing condition.
People on the left gotta decided what's more important denying President Obama a second term because Cenk or Glenn told you to get upset or making sure your neighbors if they have a health issues the health insurance company can't deny them the care they need to live another day. 

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