It’s been a rough few days for the three-year-old daughter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who remains in a hospital with pneumonia.

The longshot candidate described Bella Santorum’s improvement on Sunday as “a miraculous turnaround” and it may indeed be a God job. But the top flight medical care she is getting at a Washington, D.C. area hospital may have something to do with her family having health insurance because of Santorum’s lavish Senate retirement benefits and personal wealth. But in yet another of the hypocrisy-tinged ironies that abound in today’s Republican Party, he is against the government helping provide health insurance to the families of all the other Bellas in America who become ill but cannot afford decent care.

In fact, doing a little extrapolating, of the 45 million Americans without health insurance, there probably are at least a million or so three-year-olds in that situation, while about 1,000 children die of pneumonia in the U.S. each year

Bella’s pneumonia is complicated by the fact that she has a genetic condition known as Trisomy 18. The condition typically proves fatal and Santorum often says his daughter wasn’t expected to live past 12 months. That she has survived and thrived also may indeed be a God job. But the top flight medical care she is getting may have something to do with her family having health insurance because of Santorum’s lavish Senate retirement benefits and wealth. But in yet another of the hypocrisy-tinged ironies that abound in today’s Republican Party . . . You know.

As recently as last Friday, Santorum excoriated fellow candidate Mitt Romney, who pushed through the nation’s first comprehensive health-care reform as Massachusetts governor, and President Obama for “wanting to tell Americans that as a condition of breathing in America, you have to go out and buy private sector insurance so (sic) the government will fine you.”

What Santorum was saying is that under ObamaCare, individuals at a certain income level could be fined beginning in 2014 if they don’t get insurance to help fund a pool for insurance for people who cannot afford it. The fines will be small, and there is widespread agreement outside of the Republican fever swamp that the government will not be aggressive in pursuing fines.

This post will attract criticism because by some people’s lights writing about a candidate’s private life to hammer home the point that her father is a hypocrite should be off limits. But then so would going after Newt Gingrich for his private life, specifically the fact that as a married man he was having one of his serial affairs as he led the charge to impeach President Clinton for his affair with a White House intern.

In any event, we wish Bella a speedy and full recovery. As for her father, there is no hope.

Shaun Mullen
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DaGoat
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DaGoat
4 years 7 months ago

Not that it changes your point but she was admitted to a DC area hospital and the announcement that she had gone to Philadelphia was an error.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/rick-santorum-says-daughter-bella-has-a-miraculous-turnaround/

Muslhed1
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Muslhed1
4 years 7 months ago

Moderate voice? Not even close. You use a candidate’s sick daughter to prove a point regarding your support of a plan that around 65% of Americans flatly oppose and refer to yourself as moderate? Wow…

iamkellyvl
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iamkellyvl
4 years 7 months ago

Shouldn’t the title say THERE and not THEIR?

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe we should start calling this place the The Within Standard Deviation Voice?

rudi
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rudi
4 years 7 months ago

I feel for his daughter, but Santorium is a BIG FAT … If this same daughter was raped, this statement by daddy tells her to keep the raped pregnancy as a “gift from God.”
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39815_Santorum_To_Rape_Victims-_Accept_What_God_Has_Given_You

rudi
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rudi
4 years 7 months ago
Spam blocker BS And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we… Read more »
ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 7 months ago

Actually, I bet he would encourage his daughter to keep the baby. I don’t think he soc con ideology is fake…it is the real deal for sure.

Of course, if that granddaughter ended up being a lesbian…he might disown her.

TAYLOR MARSH, Guest Voice Columnist
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Hey Shaun, in case you’re wondering, the people above hitting you using TMV could be followers of Jim Geraghty or some incarnation thereof.

Today on Twitter:

Ah yes, the so-called “Moderate Voice”, using Bella to hit her father for opposing socialized medicine…

You got the right’s attention.

DaGoat
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DaGoat
4 years 7 months ago

FWIW I am no liberal and don’t see that Shaun is exploiting or “using” Bella at all. I don’t agree with him on all of it but it’s a fair point that he’s raising.

TAYLOR MARSH, Guest Voice Columnist
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SHAUN MULLEN, TMV Columnist says:
JANUARY 30, 2012 AT 11:30 AM

Welcome to my world, Shaun. 😉

In my view, TMV is about viewpoints from all sides, which in the end balances out.

Michael Reagan is cross-posted here and I never complain. In fact, I appreciate hearing conservative voices, though I’m not a Michael Reagan fan, because what he writes is so often fact free.

I’ve been reading Eric Erickson forever.

People reading TMV need to understand that it’s the accumulation of all points of view that is important.

roro80
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roro80
4 years 7 months ago
The point, of course, is that healthcare is all impersonal — just policy, economics, politics — until you don’t have the healthcare you or your child needs. If the post were making fun of this child’s disease or illness, or implying that Santorum’s evil ways were the cause of it, or something like that, yeah, that would be over the line. Shaun knows that many of the liberals on this site (myself included) would rightfully call him on out on such things. Saying that other people deserve the excellent, possibly miracle-working healthcare that Santorum gets with his government-paid health insurance… Read more »
DaGoat
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DaGoat
4 years 7 months ago
One area I do differ with Shaun is the characterization of the problem relative to Obamacare and the estimate of how many three-year-olds are uninsured. One thing the US does pretty well already is medical coverage for children. Many children qualify for Medicaid and many of those who don’t will qualify for other state programs for children – here in Iowa it is called the Hawk-I program. http://www.hawk-i.org/en_US/costs.html Most other states have similar programs and for the most part children have coverage. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still some kids that fall between the cracks – there are – but… Read more »
DaGoat
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DaGoat
4 years 7 months ago

I think you’re mixing apples and oranges. Most of the programs you mention are directed at adults. What is your basis for saying Santorum would work to eliminate CHIP? I did a brief search and I’m not seeing anything about that.

Rcoutme
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Rcoutme
4 years 7 months ago
I was personally for a single payer system for health care. I heard the (possibly somewhat deranged) arguments that the federal government would not do it right, so I proposed that they should start with all children. After they got their feet wet, so to speak, they could expand to age 25 and finally cover everyone. This would allow them to find where the likely cheats and frauds would occur before committing themselves to too much money too early. As for a child conceived through rape: I brought up my girls to respect life. They would likely go full term,… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
4 years 7 months ago

“Is it the child’s fault that the biological father was a criminal?”

Is it the woman’s fault she got pregnant?

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 7 months ago

“A certain editor-in-chief at this site is getting some pressure from the usual suspects to pull the post”

Well that is pathetic. Now I have asked someone to cut out Reagan’s tongue and break his fingers, but that is completely reasonable.

Hey Roro… you have to wonder how these ideologies would stand if men had to carry a rapists child for 9 months?

roro80
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roro80
4 years 7 months ago

Exactly, Shannon. Although I have heard carrying a baby, birthing it, raising it or giving it up for adoption carries about the physical and emotional weight of having an extra freckle on your nose, so no big deal, right?

zephyr
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zephyr
4 years 7 months ago
Needless to say, the child is an innocent and we all want her to get all the help she needs. We should want that for all children no? “But in yet another of the hypocrisy-tinged ironies that abound in today’s Republican Party, he is against the government helping provide health insurance to the families of all the other Bellas in America who become ill but cannot afford decent care.” Yes, that IS hypocrisy. Pointing this out has nothing to do with whether one is a moderate or not, it is simply a fact. The only remaining question has to do… Read more »
DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
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It’s the kind of family situation that is so painfully similar to questions in ethical studies. Remember, the life boat can only take ten, which 90 of the 100 will be left to die. This made most of us insane to try to answer for we wanted to save everyone…forming chains, tying the strongest together to drift alongside the liftboat, taking turns in the life boat… nothing worked in reality to match our hearts. I am sorry for little Bella and for all the children who suffer with or without cutting edge aid. Shaun, remember the little one I named… Read more »
DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
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Also with regard to ‘moderate voice.’ I’ve never til now put my oar in, but will, and will continue to now. Mainly because it has gotten really old to remind this is the place for civil debate about the topic brought up by writers. The topic. Not the writer, not the site, not other commenters. All this is spelled out clearly in the commenters rules, which are as fair for civil discussion as any Ive seen. Over the years I’ve been at tmv as journo and ed., I’ve seen /heard from people who, in my opinion, ought to be incensed… Read more »
Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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I know this may be getting old, but I’ll say it again: Thanks for taking on a thankless but essential job, dr. E., and doing it with class.

zephyr
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zephyr
4 years 7 months ago

“Class”, yes. Also brilliance and heart… and the usually (we’d better hope) sheathed sword.

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