Huckabee Says Sick People Just Like Wrecked Cars: Junk Em
September 17, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)– Compassionate conservatism at its finest. Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee spoke at the 2010 Values Voters Summit today bashing health care reform, particularly the provision prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to Americans having a pre-existing condition. In Huckabee’s libertarian profit at all cost worldview, sick and dying men, women and children are an unfair burden on the poor suffering big insurance companies, foisted on them by President Obama. It’s the same thing as asking an insurance agent to insure a burned downed house or a wrecked automobile, reasoned Huckabee. Yes, a child stricken with cancer is the same thing as the smoldering ruins of a house. Republicans talk about made-up death panels, to attack health care reform, but in reality insurers concerned only with the bottom line, have been deciding who lives or dies for years. And President Obama put a stop to it with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
What’s odd about Huckabee’s line of attack, is that a majority of Americans support the abolishing of the pre-existing barrier to obtaining health insurance coverage.
Huckabee, said the idea sounds all warm and cozy, but providing all Americans with affordable, quality health insurance coverage isn’t practical “from a common sense perspective.” What does Huckabee propose? Should the wealthiest country in the world turn away, while Americans perish from the lack of access to health care?
Huckabee and others with his mindset, say it costs too much money to make health care available to everyone. But if we don’t, and look away while a child dies whose parents can’t afford life-saving treatment, we lose a lot more as a society and a nation.
HUCKABEE: And a lot of this, it sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition. Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle that you can just come along with whatever condition you have and we’re gonna cover you at the same cost we’re covering everybody else ’cause we wanna be fair. Okay, fine. Then let’s do that with our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.
How would you like to be able to call your insurance agent for your car and say ‘I want you to insure my car.’ ‘Well tell me about your car.’ ‘Well it was a pretty nice vehicle until my sixteen year-old boy wrecked it yesterday. [He] totaled the thing out but I’d like to get it insurance so we can get it replaced.’ Now how much would a policy cost if it covered everything? About as much as it’s gonna cost for health care in this country.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/David Ball/Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, speaking to a gathering at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.