Sunday, December 8, 2013

Asshat of the week: Rick Santorum edition

It's semi-official. Rich Frothy Mixture Santorum wins top dishonors for the worst tribute to the late Nelson Mandela:
In an appearance on Fox News with Bill O'Reilly Thursday, Santorum likened Mandela's anti-apartheid crusade to Republicans' continued efforts to dismantle the president's health care law.
"He was fighting against some great injustice," Santorum said, "and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives. And ObamaCare is front and center in that."
What are the bad making properties of little Ricky's encomium? First, and most obvious, giving people access to health insurance is not an injustice. Denying people medical care is. A system that denies poor people health care unjustly controls people's lives by killing, immiserating and bankrupting them. Second,
Mandela was a prominent proponent of expanding access to health care, especially for the poor and disadvantaged.
From a South African department of health report on the nation's health care system:
On the 24th of May 1994, President Nelson Mandela announced in his State of the Nation address that all health care for pregnant women and children under the age of 6 years would be provided free to users of public health facilities. The free care policy at primary care level was extended to all users from 1 April 2006. [DOH]
More:
 South Africa's constitution enshrines a "right" to health care in the same subsection that it guarantees the rights to "sufficient food and water." The Kaiser Family Foundation named an award after Mandela honoring "the efforts of individuals who make extraordinary contributions to improving the health and health care of the most disadvantaged sectors of the population in South Africa and internationally." And Mandela's work, both in office and after, laid the groundwork for South Africa's new universal health care system.
Poor Santorum. Being a frothy mixture asshole is a pre-existing condition which can't be cured.

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