Santorum Thinks Cancer Survivors Should Pay More For Health Insurance

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Rick Santorum tells the mother of a cancer survivor that pre-existing conditions are sick people’s problem, and they should have to pay more for health insurance:

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.

I think this nicely sums up what conservatives mean when they say we need a “free market” health care system. In a truly free market system, insurers would be able to reject anyone they wanted, and those people would then have to pay full price at the emergency room. And if they couldn’t pay, we’d just let them die.

As far as I can tell, this is what every 2012 Republican candidate is running on. Nobody is willing to support Romneycare, which was the only workable universal health care plan the Republicans have tried to develop, but what is left? The regulate-mandate-subsidize framework is the only known alternative to a single-payer system. If you can’t get on board with that, I think you necessarily end up where Santorum is, arguing that everybody should be on their own.

(h/t Igor Volsky)

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2 Responses to Santorum Thinks Cancer Survivors Should Pay More For Health Insurance

  1. Santorum is so far outside the mainstream of Catholic thinking, he personally disgusts me. I'm a Catholic (however lapsed and Byzantine Rite) who has zero tolerance for bigotry, which is a mortal sin. I don't believe that a lump of cellular tissue has more rights than a full-grown woman. And I believe strongly that it is the duty of society to care for those economically less endowed, and not hate them. There's something seriously wrong with this guy's hardwiring.

    I've been deemed uninsurable since my mom's mastectomy in 1994, and my late father's bouts with bladder and colon cancer. You can trace their cancers directly to the environmental factors that all those who live around coal and its pollution. And I can just see the guilty industries, like Allegheny Energy, picking up the tab for my increased health care costs. Even though I'm probably doomed.

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