What's Really Despicable? Rick Ungar, Obamacare, and Rick Santorum
There's nothing more despicable than denying the humanity of the child in the womb
Last week Forbes' contributor Rick Ungar indignantly labeled Rick Santorum a "despicable human being" for saying that Obamacare will result in rationed care based on usefulness and not on the dignity of every human life. Sorry, but when the government is in charge of health care, and new committees are created to make decisions about care vs. cost, it is only the most duped among us who will be confident in a bureaucrat's willingness to grant expensive medical care to the less-abled, the elderly, and even to children like Bella Santorum.
Rick and Bella Santorum
Mr. Ungar believes the idea that disabled children might be denied care under Obama's health care law is so far-fetched as to be absurd, and thus the Santorum's concerns are the most egregious sort of fear-mongering imaginable. But the Santorums are hardly the only ones to see the writing on the wall, even if the language of the bill is tricky. When insurers in 34 states suddenly stopped offering child-only policies as a direct result of Obamacare in 2010, some states had to respond with legislation requiring them to continue selling such policies.
But just how far can all these requirements go and what happens when cost/profit meets disability/life expectancy? Which medicines and procedures will insurers be required to cover, and for what time frame, and for whom under what circumstances? These decisions will have to be made, and they'll be made by people whose motivation will likely be dollar signs and not patient care.
When the government is in charge of health care, and new committees are created to make decisions about care vs. cost, it is only the most duped among us who will be confident in a bureaucrat's willingness to grant expensive medical care to the less-abled, the elderly, and even to children like Bella Santorum.
Amidst all of Ungar's scathing insults was the following gem, just too good to pass up:
"However, when Rick Santorum tells us that the law would deny the right to life and the care needed to sustain that life to children like his own daughter, because such a child would be deemed to not be of 'sufficient use to society', he accuses the President, every member of Congress who supported the law, and every other supporter, such as myself, of being unfit to walk to this earth."
"Anyone is welcomed to disagree with my judgment as to whether the Affordable Care Act is a good or a bad law... But if you are going to accuse me of being willing to allow a child-or anyone else- to die because I would somehow deem her to be inconsequential to society, you'd really better be prepared to not only say that to my face but take the punishment that I promise you will follow." (emphasis mine)
Them's fightin' words, Mr. Ungar, and I'm delighted to hear you say it. We need more passionate pro-life citizens in America.
Naturally, I understand you to mean that you find it despicable to deny a child the right to life. I understand you to mean that you find it despicable to say that just because a child isn't "wanted" or wasn't "planned" that the child is inconsequential to society and can be destroyed by whatever means necessary. Certainly what you mean is that every child's life is precious and the adults have no right to say which children can live and which must die by our "choice."
Because surely you realize, Mr. Ungar, that children are killed every single day in our country precisely because they are deemed inconsequential to society. Worse, actually. They're considered enemies of freedom and prosperity. Worse still, they aren't even considered human. Their murders are sanctioned by the law and police power of the State, and millions of people -- not you, of course -- consider it a good thing, a moral thing, a necessary thing.
Let me make it clear, Mr. Ungar: If you are of the opinion that abortion is a legitimate and moral "choice" that should be protected by the laws of our nation, that is despicable. If you are willing to allow the child in the womb to be killed and call it a "right", that is despicable.
What you're doing in that case is exactly what you falsely accuse Rick Santorum of doing, except it's far, far worse. You are denying the child in the womb her humanity. You are calling the child an "it"; far less than merely inconsequential to society, you've made her a slave to someone else's power and self-interest; a "thing" to be eliminated in service to someone else and society at large.
I'm prepared to say that to your face, and President Obama's, Nancy Pelosi's, and anyone else's. Do not boast about your appreciation of the value of human life and your unimpeachable virtue in protecting children if you continue to sanction ...
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