The free hand of the market

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Rich Santorum lectures sick people about the market:

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.”

Must. Hit. Head. On. Wall.

5 Responses to The free hand of the market

  1. Woodsider February 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Doesn’t that asshole still get medical coverage from the taxpayers as a former senator? Sure, maybe he can pay a million a year for a drug, I doubt many people making minimum wage or even $40,000 or $50,000 could pay that kind of bill. Bastard.

  2. Pragmatic Realist February 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    He is fundamentally a religious thinker (a stupid one). The “market” is an article of faith with him. He might as well tell the woman that it is the will of God her son is sick and she can’t afford the medicine provided by the market.

    And, BTW, if I can take the money from the stuff I don’t buy, like iPads, steak dinners and new cars and use it for hospital bills, that would be a great way to finance things. I don’t buy an new truck this year, so I can use that $30,000 to pay the doctors. Why don’t you try out that method to pay off your bills, Susie? That’s the way the banks do it, I guess.

  3. jawbone February 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Oh, why didn’t Santorum just tell the woman to get Mitt to show her where that safety net is which is already taking care of the poor?

  4. Izquierdo February 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    English translation:
    Hey, sick kid, fuck off and die.

  5. Dr. S February 3, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I don’t believe in markets.

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