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Rick Santorum to Sick Kid’s Mom: Stop Bitching About $1 Million Drug Costs because iPads Cost $900

GOP still-hopeful Rick Santorum’s presidential bid appears to be in critical condition. Indeed, the former senator’s prognosis is dire. He’s going to need one of his “miracles” just to stay alive, as the inevitability of Romney as nominee is becoming more apparent by the day.

Santorum’s self-selected course of treatment, ironically, now involves slamming Americans with a different sort of illness. Like, real life-or-death physical diseases. Speaking before a group of more than 400 people in Woodland Park, Colorado on Tuesday, Santorum told the mother of a child with a rare genetic disorder that she should stop bitching about the exorbitant cost of medication.

When I say exorbitant, I mean a million bucks a year.

Why should mom be okay with that? Because– ready?– iPads cost $900.

“People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad,” Santorum explained. “But paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with — it keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned to think health care is something you can get without having to pay for it.”

Of course, what’s immediately evident to any thinking person is that iPads are one-time purchases, luxuries people can choose whether or not to buy. The same can hardly be said for life-saving medications, which are recurring expenses which can often break the bank.

When mom tried to explain that she couldn’t afford her son’s Abilify, used to treat schizophrenia, because she claims it costs as much a $1 million a year without insurance, Santorum didn’t fold. No, he doubled-douched down, taking his talking points directly from Big Pharma’s playbook:

“Look, I want your son and everybody to have the opportunity to stay alive on much-needed drugs,” he said. “But the bottom line is, we have to give companies the incentive to make those drugs. And if they don’t have the incentive to make those drugs, your son won’t be alive and lots of other people in this country won’t be alive.”

The candidate then credited drug companies for her son’s survival:

“He’s alive today because drug companies provide care,” he said. “And if they didn’t think they could make money providing that drug, that drug wouldn’t be here. I sympathize with these compassionate cases. … I want your son to stay alive on much-needed drugs. Fact is, we need companies to have incentives to make drugs. If they don’t have incentives, they won’t make those drugs. We either believe in markets or we don’t.”

Funny, all those European drugmakers who do business in socialized medical markets  seem to be doing just fine.

Note: Moral Low Ground was unable to substantiate the mother’s seemingly impossible claim that her son’s Abilify costs $1 million a year. Perhaps you, dear reader, could help explain where she got this figure from?

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3 Comments

  1. macFebruary 2, 2012 at 11:27 amReply

    Looking online, you can get 180 pills of abilify for 260 dollars.

    • Brett WilkinsFebruary 2, 2012 at 12:23 pmReplyAuthor

      I couldn’t find any non-generic for that cheap, but I haven’t been able to verify the mom’s “million dollar claim,” either. I guess I should mention this in the post, and I will do so now. I fear that by quoting her million-dollar-figure, I may have inadvertently diverted attention from the very real problem of the many millions of Americans who have to choose between paying for medicine or paying their mortgages, rents, or other bills, and the 45,000 people who die each year for lack of health insurance.

  2. Jeremiah CoxJune 16, 2012 at 9:27 pmReply

    A few days ago (this is June 2012) I was billed $730 for a month’s supply of abilify, low dosage.

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