An argument that shouldn't be

Monday, September 20, 2010
While many countries realize that health care is a right, our country still languishes under a for profit insurance industry. Last years health care bill was a huge step forward, but so much more needs to be done. Sadly, most politicians on the right are running on the platform to repeal "Obamacare", removing the very few progressive steps given to the US citizenry.

One issue that is near and dear to my own heart is that of preexisting conditions. I have a son who was born with multiple birth defects and disabilities. My wife and I have spent 24 years navigating the health care system in this country. Leaving aside any number of other points I could make to rebut nearly every point an anti health care proponent might make, the one thing I have feared for the most is this; What would my son do if he was unable to secure health care benefits because of his preexisting conditions?

Happily, the health care bill stripped insurers of the ability to deny insurance based on preexisting conditions. Yet, the anti health care crowd isn't happy with that either. Recently former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee said the following:

"It sounds so good, and it's such a warm message to say we're not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition," Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. "Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] 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."

So, Mike, are you saying my son doesn't deserve health care? That he should be denied help of any kind? Really? I will never understand why this is even an argument.

As a minister Mr. Huckabee, I find your view of this to be decidedly 'unchristian'. I have a question of all of you "Values Voters". Will you be able to look my son in the eye and tell him why he doesn't deserve proper health care? My son is not a house, but if he was, apparently you would be content to watch him burn down.


  1. I could never watch the house burn down - these people shouldn't either.

  2. Surely it should be the premise of any health system (and a reflection of the society it serves) that the fortunate majority take care of the less fortunate minority!

  3. Simon, you would certainly think so. Sadly, I live in a very selfish country.

  4. Diane White6:33 PM

    There is so much about this that is just sad I'm not sure where to begin...For a people who can be compassionate and giving, we can also rush to judgment and stand in fear of someone taking something away from us. Health care is a basic human right, it should not be offered to some at the expense of those who are most in need of it.

  5. I often wonder if some of these people actually follow the logical ramifications of their own arguments. My guess is not. Or maybe they just think that no one else will, either. Godless rat bastards.

  6. I won't be showing up at a emergency room unless there is an actual emergency, and even then I'll have to pay the "who cares" pricing demanded by your insurance company.


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