Speaking at a Christian college in Iowa, presidential candidate Rick Santorum was asked an interesting question by a student. Citing a study from Harvard University, the student asked if “God appreciates the fact that we have 50 to 100 thousand uninsured Americans dying due to a lack of healthcare every year.”
“Dying?” he countered. “I reject that number completely, that people die in America because of lack of health insurance.”
If Santorum doesn’t like the facts, he just denies them. He then added insult to injury with the standard talking point of blaming the victims:
“People die in America because people die in America. And people make poor decisions with respect to their health and their healthcare. And they don’t go to the emergency room or they don’t go to the doctor when they need to. And it’s not the fault of the government for not providing some sort of universal benefit.”
Santorum displays an amazing lack of Christian morals, as well as a willingness to ignore established facts. This is a sure sign that conservatives are going to ramp up their disinformation campaign against health care reform in the run-up to the 2012 election.