Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who said last year that the Bible could prevent murder, has the ultimate health insurance plan: immortality.
He made the comments yesterday during an interview with FOX Business Network host Neil Cavuto, while pushing back against presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, whose platform includes single-payer health care.
I already have health care. It’s given to me by God. Eternal health care. I’m guaranteed to be raised from the dead. I have life and immortality given to me by God through Jesus Christ… The temporary reprieve is not worth it. I’m telling [Harris], I have eternal health care, and it’s free! Doctors can give you a little temporary reprieve, but they cannot save you from physical death. The doctors who treat you, they die, too.
He says the “temporary reprieve” isn’t worth it, but that reprieve can last several years. Decades, even. It’s definitely worth it to people who don’t want to waste the time they have on this earth, especially when many of those lives saved from modern healthcare are children. By saying health care is unnecessary, he’s effectively saying people should suffer in this life.
Speaking of which, for a man who considers himself “pro-life,” he’s basically saying that being with Jesus — i.e., death — is a better alternative than medicine. If this life is of no importance, why the outrage over abortion? Using Robertson’s logic, mothers who opt for the procedure are just sending their babies straight to Jesus.
If, God forbid, Robertson were to be diagnosed with cancer tomorrow, I wonder if he’ll stay true to his word and resist the option of chemotherapy. He says in the interview he’s done just fine without health care for 50 years. But insurance of any kind, by definition, usually seems like a waste of money… until the very moment you need it.