Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney recently said diabetes patients should not receive health care as they have chosen to lead the lifestyles that triggered their disease. Mulvaney who is heading the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) made the comments during a speech at Stanford University, in Calif.
Diabetes Patients Deserve their Fate
When somebody in the audience asked him if families should be denied health care if they don’t afford it, Mulvaney brought up the condition of Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn son. The younger Kimmel was born with a life-threatening heart condition. Fortunately, surgery helped save Kimmel’s son’s life. The experience marked the comedian who, at one point, said: “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”
Mulvaney, however, used the story to make a point that some patients, unlike a newborn with a near-fatal health problem, deserve their fate. This is the case of people living with diabetes who, according to the official, have the condition because they failed to lead a perfect life.
“That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes,”
Mulvaney told the audience.
Republicans with a God Complex
Nevertheless, it is not the first time the OMB chief makes an insensitive comment. He once argued that the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) should help patients with pre-existing conditions obtain health insurance by not forcing healthy people to foot the bill for patients who made poor lifestyle choices.
Another Republican, Rep. Mo Brooks from Alabama, shares a similar view. Brooks also said the AHCA should help only people who kept their bodies healthy and “have done things the right way.”
In other words, Republicans with this mindset want to play God and decide who lives and who dies. Some GOPers have even released lists with diseases and conditions that won’t be covered under the AHCA. The lists include diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, and much more.
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