"Speaking at the Value Voters Summit today, Baptist minister turned politician turned talk
show host, Mike Huckabee, denounced the notion of providing health insurance to people
with pre-existing conditions
So much for the days of compassionate conservatism.” --Rick Ungar, FORBES
“Yes he told the audience covering Kids with pre-existing conditions is like calling your
insurance co. the day after a fire and asking to buy fire insurance. Is he a minister?
Well how Christian of him. Oh, and the republican audience laughed. Yes indeed, sick
children are sooo funny.”--The View
Sarah Palin, who has a baby with Down Syndrome didn’t protest the speech.
Wednesday 22 September 2010
“This past weekend, an event called the Values Voters Summit was held in Washington DC.
It's a kind of big-tent showcase for the fundamentalist far-right base of the Republican Party,
sponsored by such leading conservative lights as the Family Research Council, the Heritage
Foundation, and Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Some of the featured speakers included
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Insane), Gary Bauer, Bill Bennett, the wildly fertile Duggar
family, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, anti-masturbation candidate and occasional dabbler in
witchcraft Christine O'Donnell, Phyllis Schlafly, Mitt Romney, and of course, Sarah Palin.
You can imagine the sort of demented gibberish that came from the podium over the
weekend, and frankly, most of it was too mind-numbing to repeat in any detail. Newt
Gingrich did his little song and dance about how Islam is coming to eat your children.
Christine O'Donnell reprised the nonsense about "death panels." One fellow, a senior aide to
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), argued that all pornography is by nature homosexual, and
therefore watching any form of pornography will make the viewer instantly gay. Gay people
in general, a woman's right to choose and all things Obama took it in the chops, with plenty
of birth certificate speculation to go around.
So, yeah, it was pretty standard stuff, given the roster of speakers who made the scene. But at
one point during the event, new ground was broken in truly astonishing fashion. One
becomes accustomed to cruel, insensitive, hate-filled rhetoric from the kind of people who
dwell in this particular region of politics, but when Mike Huckabee took the stage, a whole
new standard was set.
Huckabee took the podium at the Values Voters Summit to attack and denounce the
Obama administration's health care reform legislation, which was par for the course
as far as the event went. But Huckabee was not content merely to repeat the "It's a
government takeover, let's repeal it" rhetoric, choosing instead to carve a into the
annals of infamy.
When Republicans attack health care reform, Democrats like to counter by accusing
Republicans of wanting to repeal a law that requires insurance companies to cover
people with pre-existing conditions. According to Republican Presidential hopeful
Mike Huckabee, that's exactly right. People with pre-existing conditions, he
explains, are like houses that have already burned down.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 81,000,000 Americans suffer from
one or more forms of cardiovascular disease. According to the American Cancer Society,
more than 11,000,000 people in America currently suffer from some form of cancer.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million Americans currently suffer
from diabetes, and the Center for Disease Control has estimated as many as half of all
Americans will suffer from the disease by the year 2050, thanks to our deplorable dietary
habits. According to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, between 50,000 and 60,000 new
cases of Parkinson's Disease are diagnosed in America each year. According to the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society, some 400,000 Americans currently suffer from MS.
That's a pretty substantial portion of the population, with more being diagnosed with
cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's and MS every day.
All of them, every single one of them, are like a house that has already burned down,
according to Mike Huckabee and the sick bastards who cheered his comments. All of them,
every single one of them, are not worthy of health insurance because they had the misfortune
of getting sick before they got insurance. All of them, every single one of them, therefore, are
not worthy of health care in any real form, unless, of course, they are wealthy and able to
afford the staggering cost of ill health in America.
To hear a man who gets treated like a legitimate voice in American politics basically consign
my wife and millions of other Americans to suffering and death is to hear nothing more or
less than flat-out hate speech from a presidential candidate. What Mike Huckabee suggested
is tantamount to eugenics, to the extermination of "weaker" people simply because they are
If this kind of talk isn't enough to convince Republicans that the fringe of their party is to be
avoided at all costs, then nothing in the world will. There have to be at least a few unwell
Republicans in the country, right? There have to be some Republicans with heart trouble,
cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's or MS, right? If so, those people had better start digging that
grave for themselves, especially if they are stupid enough to support Mike Huckabee or
anyone else who agrees with him.
Be polite to these people if that's your nature. It is not in mine, especially after the display
this past weekend. These people are the sick ones, the ones with pre-existing conditions, and
they should be barred from holding public office by the voters because of it. They are all sick
bastards, and I have no interest in being nice about it. Do you know anyone with heart
trouble, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's, MS, or some other illness like these? Maybe
Alzheimer's? If so, you shouldn't be nice, either. Someday, it may be you on the wrong end
of such a diagnosis, and if people like Huckabee and his ilk have their way, dig a grave and
lie down in it. You're a burned-down house, and your country has no use for you.”