President Obama held a summit on health care reform at the White House, including members of all sides of the issue. Almost everyone agrees that the health care system needs overhauling, but at least one Republican — Rep. Zack Wamp (R-TN) — showed some glaringly obvious lack of compassion for those who can’t afford health insurance, telling MSNBC that health care is a privilege, not a right.
WAMP: Listen, health care a privilege. […]
MSNBC: Well, it’s a privilege? Health care? I mean if you have cancer right now, do you see it as a privilege to get treatment?
WAMP: I was just about to say, for some people it’s a right. But for everyone, frankly, it’s not necessarily a right.
Mr. Wamp, meet Mr. Scrooge:
“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) responded to Mr. Wamp: “Well, my reaction is that it was said by somebody who has a really good health [insurance] plan as a member of the House of Representatives.”
My reaction is that Mr. Wamp is a privileged rich guy who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone other than himself and people just like him. In other words, your typical right-wing Republican.