WOODLAND PARK, Colo. – GOP contender Rick Santorum had a heated exchange with a mother and her sick young son Wednesday, arguing that drug companies were entitled to charge whatever the market demanded for life-saving therapies.
Santorum, himself the father of a child with a rare genetic disorder, compared buying drugs to buying an iPad, and said demand would determine the cost of medical therapies.
“People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad,” Santorum said, “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.”
Right. You shallow kids who expect everyone to take care of you so you can buy an iPad, you suck. Get a helmet and pay for your drugs like a grownup.
I really … I mean, on the one hand, of course these rich assholes don’t have any idea what it’s like to pay for meds with money that would otherwise be going to food or rent, but … THESE RICH ASSHOLES DON’T HAVE ANY IDEA, PERIOD, OKAY. I was recently on a course of various drugs that, together, cost about $500. That was WITH Cadillac insurance, mind. Five hundred bucks. One drug alone was $150.
As a one-time thing, that was bad enough. Monthly? For the rest of my life? That would have killed me financially. That would prevent me from doing anything over and above the basic necessities. Forget holding off on buying an iPad. I’d have held off buying MEAT. And I’m financially pretty lucky, at least relatively these days. What if that had come during 2007, our Summer of Double Unemployment? It would still be on the credit card, at some 18 percent interest by now.
I just … we alway have these dipshit polls, right, about which candidate you think really understands your problems? I always thought those were stupid on some level, like, I want the president to understand EVERYBODY’S problems, not just mine because that’s selfish. But I’m coming to realize that the true polling question ought to be WHICH PRESIDENT SEEMS TO INHABIT THE SAME PLANET YOU DO, and the answer on the Republican side is pretty definitively none of them.