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Friday, September 17, 2010

Mike Huckabee - anyone with a pre-existing condition should be denied health care

"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."

I used to have a grudging respect for Huckabee. While I don't agree with him on almost everything he seemed personally quite affable and he tended to avoid sounding like a blithering idiot. The false equivalency of his statement above is ridiculous. His comparison to insuring a house that had already burned down would be the same as trying to buy life insurance for someone who had already died.

Many people are turned down for pre-existing conditions which are non-lethal or from which they have completely recovered. That is the crux of the problem and his comparison to the already burned down house proves he is just another Republican with the intelligence of a lobotomized newt.

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