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Rick Santorum: prescriptions should cost the same as an iPad

Feb 2, 2012

iPadMedicine Rick Santorum: prescriptions should cost the same as an iPad

The Kaiser Foundation found that Americans spent about $220 billion on prescription drugs in 2010. And considering that annual prices for pills has increased an average of 3.6% annually over the past decade or so, according to the Kaiser Foundation, that number will only continue to rise. That’s precisely why progressives and liberals, including President Obama, want the government to start regulating drug prices. Republicans, naturally, are against such a suggestion — that includes White House hopeful Rick Santorum.

Asked about this controversial topic at a Colorado campaign rally yesterday, Santorum claimed Americans should stop bitching and moaning, because if they’re willing to pay for an iPad, they should be willing to pay just as much, or even more, for life-saving medicines.

“People have no problem going out and buying an iPad for $900. But paying $200 for a drug they have a problem with — that keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned in thinking health care is something you should get and not have to pay for,” he said, before explaining drug companies “need to have a profitability,” as if those money-drenched companies face some dire future of bankruptcy.

The problem with Santorum’s argument, reported by NBC News, is that our Declaration of Independence insists “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These truths, it says, are “self-evident.” Apparently not to Santorum.

Life in that document could easily be replaced with “health.” We all have the right to have a healthy existence. Health is, or should be, a right. An iPad, obviously, is a privilege. Sure, you could argue that such gadgets fall under the “pursuit of happiness,” but that would be an empty contention, because not everyone wants an iPad. Everyone, however, wants good health, but with the prices of prescription pills skyrocketing, they’re denied the ability to achieve this goal. And it is people like Rick Santorum (and those who believe his asinine comparison of an Apple product to prescription pills) who sustain the economic barriers keeping this nation’s citizens from achieving their ultimate health potential.

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