During a discussion on the GOP’s healthcare plan designed to replace Obamacare, longtime Fox contributor Brit Hume criticized compelling insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions, reports Media Matters. Speaking with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace and Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Hume called coverage of those with pre-existing conditions not a “triumph,” but problematic, like insuring a driver who has a car wreck in their past. “The triumph of Obamacare is this coverage for pre-existing conditions, which basically defeats the whole idea of insurance,” Hume suggested. “Which is, for example, in the automobile insurance market, if you could wait until you had a wreck and then buy insurance and have the repairs covered, that’s comparable to what we’re doing here.”
He continued, “What people tend to miss when it comes to this whole story about the wrongful glorification of Obamacare is the fact that it hurts the country in more ways than one. I’m not going to sit here and claim that it’s all bad and that it doesn’t have any upsides; of course it does, it helps those that can’t help themselves and that’s all fine and dandy from a spiritual point of view, so to speak. However, we don’t live in the spiritual world. We’re comprised of living, breathing cells that need oxygen and food and our existence here has a lot more to do with monetary values than spiritual ones, whether we like it or not. And if we have a health care system in place, which we do, that’s designed to fix one problem and it ends up creating ten times more problems than it repairs, then it has to go, period.”
“But even more than that, the thing that bothers me is the philosophy behind Obamacare, which is even more devastating than the damage it’s doing to the federal budget,” Hume continued. “Obamacare was designed to help the poorest and sickest citizens out there. However, as noble as that sounds, the consequence of such logic is the fact that it neglects the core ethic values that were embedded in the Constitution and that comprise the basic philosophy of this country: spend your life working hard, playing hard and not burdening others with your problems. Make yourself capable of anything and all shall be given to you. That means that every American’s basic responsibility is to take care of themselves first, which is to say, make sure they don’t get sick and fall into the care of others. If that happens, you’ve pretty much lost the right to call yourself an American, as cruel as that sounds.”
“Therefore, giving free health insurance to sick people and those with pre-existing conditions pretty much defeats the core ethic principle of this great country. If you want to be one of us, you have to carry your own weight and take care of yourself. You do that by being careful about what you eat, how you spend your time and how you conduct yourself every single minute of every single day. If you’re at a point where you’re both poor and you get sick, it’s your own fault. Nobody made you sick out of nowhere. You’re the only person responsible, you did that to yourself by not taking care of your health. And if you aren’t willing to take the time and effort to pay attention to the choices you make every single day of your life, why should the government? If you don’t value your health, why should other people? It’s never right to take food from other people’s mouths in order to feed yourself. Passively forcing others to clean up your mess and pay for your hospital bills through higher taxes is not compassion, it’s silent robbery,” Hume concluded.