Mike Huckabee used to be a pastor and many in his party were hopeful he would run for President 2012. He’s a guy in the republican party you can at least hold to a strong moral standard. You might just be surprised how atrocious his moral standard is.
The World According To Huckabee: A preexisting condition is like a burnt house or a totaled car. Not worth insurance. Not worth saving
He was on Fox and Friends and they began to talk about preexisting conditions, and he likened them to someone whose house just burnt down calling up the insurance company for coverage. He spoke quite plainly, reiterating himself that if you have a preexisting condition you are no different than a broken car, or a burnt down house, so far as insurance companies, and health care in America, are concerned, and that that is a good thing. And he asserts this point to a panel of nodding heads and smiling faces.
What Would Jesus Do?
He used the example of someone who calls up the insurance company and says that they have terminal cancer, they’re going to die in 8 months, and they have $150,000.00 in costs associated with their care each month. You can tell how proud he is, and how absorbed his audience is as he demonstrates a grotesque morality and view of the people in his own country, let alone in the world. If you’re going to be an openly devout man of faith and a politician – as many are – it would be great if you tried to align your thinking more with, ‘what would Jesus do?’, rather than, ‘how can I best serve the corporations today?” Money is Mike Huckabee’s true religion.
The Substance Of The Argument
Let’s just unpack this idea on the substance, leaving alone the fact that Mike Huckabee is an asshole, just for a moment. The first implication in Huckaee’s argument is that if you have a preexisting condition you’re going to die soon, and are clearly a bad investment. Do you realize how many preexisting conditions are out there? Crap, you probably have several right now. And who knows what tomorrow will bring.
A common preexisting condition is diabetes. Does that mean no diabetic can get health insurance, at least at a semblance of an affordable range? Better that they die for lack of enormously accessible medicine, or go bankrupt? Maybe Mike just forgot people outside of his social circle may not have the funds readily available to tackle life’s money quandaries whenever they arise.
Don’t Get Sick. If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly
It comes down to the type of world you want to live in. The kind you want for you and your family and friends, and for your neighbors. Do you want that world to hinge on the whims of corporations, who by their nature are cold and calculating, and driven to grow and increase profits as their predominant if not complete objective? As Alan Grayson once put it, the republican health care system is simple. Don’t get sick. If you do get sick, die quickly. He’ll tell you just below:
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When someone with no insurance goes to the emergency and gets a massive bill they can’t pay, everyone pays. Insurance companies are some of the most profitable corporations in the world. As the republicans used to fear monger about the Affordable Health Care Act, they would drone on about death panels set by the government. Huckabee is essentially advocating for insurance companies to be death panels. They treat humans like commodities; houses, cars, any appliance you could purchase insurance on. People can’t be treated in this same way, not unless we want to embrace a corporatist driven way of life to the core of its essence.
It’ll be more interesting to judge for yourself. If you think I’m being too harsh, join me in the comments and we’ll talk about it. I’ll be fascinated to hear arguments to the contrary that he is in fact a heartless prick.
Watch the video at mediamatters.org.