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Video: Rick Santorum Lectures Mother of Sick Child, Defends High Cost of U.S. Drugs

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Speaking in Woodland Park, Colorado on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate and self-proclaimed Christian, Rick Santorum told the mother of a child with a rare genetic disorder that she shouldn’t have a problem paying $1 million a year for the prescription drug Abilify because Apple’s iPad can cost around $900 (video below).

Santorum said: “People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad. 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.”

Santorum then repeated the talking point often used by Big Pharma: “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.”

Except Santorum is plain wrong. Many drugs have been discovered without financial incentive, including the polio vaccine which was discovered by Jonas Salk. Santorum also failed to mention that many countries in Europe have discovered groundbreaking vaccines which sell for much less that U.S. drugs because they are subsidized by their governments.

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