While discussing health care in Colorado, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum frothed at the mouth while arguing that it’s only monetary incentives that produce medicine. Without it, what could possibly motivate a human being (or corporate being) from manufacturing a good that saves people’s lives? All right, so maybe there does need to be some incentive, but how much are we talking?
At least one million dollars a year, even when the life of a child is on the line.
After the mother explained that her son requires a medication that costs about one million dollars a year, Santorum lectured her about the poor pharmaceutical companies that need incentive (money) to make such drugs, and that their need for incentive (money) is greater than her need for lower cost medication that won’t bankrupt her family.
“Look, I want your son and everybody to have the opportunity to stay alive on much-needed drugs. 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. He’s alive today because drug companies provide care. 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.”
We either believe in God, or we don’t; because if there is one thing to be learned from Christian Capitalism it is that the invisible hand of the market is the direct, physical hand of God himself. If this is the case then, I don’t understand why such an entity would even be worth worshipping since motivation comes only in the form of wealth. The urgency of protecting life now, on the other hand, just doesn’t inspire in the same way that buying yachts does.
I would suggest that this is a bizarre aberration from traditional Christianity, but such nonsense seems in line with the God who burns down entire civilizations the moment it’s people wise up. I’m just glad these Christian Capitalists have acknowledged that markets (and by proxy, God) don’t have one’s best interests in mine. They only care about the bottom line.