The senior business editor for NPR decided this morning that Congressman Tom Price’s failure to clap during President Obama’s announcement of a renewed “war on cancer” means that Price is, in fact, a fan of cancer.
Price’s egregious oversight occurred during last year’s State of the Union address, when Obama tasked Vice President Joe Biden with directing a new effort by the American medical community to develop a cure for cancer. According to NPR’s Marilyn Geewax, Price didn’t join in the applause following the president’s line, thus illustrating that he is, in fact, pro-cancer.
Geewax’s tweets on the subject:
— Marilyn Geewax (@geewaxnpr) January 13, 2016
— Marilyn Geewax (@geewaxnpr) January 12, 2017
Price — a representative from Georgia and President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of health and human services — is a longtime physician, and he ran his own orthopedic clinic in Atlanta for 20 years before serving as a professor of orthopedic surgery at Emory University. He is also well known for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, not because he wants people to die of cancer and other diseases, but because he believes in the possibility of a health-care plan that could better serve a greater number of Americans.
The idea that anyone favors cancer or opposes the effort to find a cure for the devastating disease is absolutely absurd, and it is even more ridiculous to come to that conclusion about Price based not on any of his statements but rather on the singular fact that he didn’t applaud at a particular line in a speech. If Geewax continues applying this revolutionary clapping standard going forward, she’ll likely discover reasons to condemn any number of public figures for stances no reasonable person would ever take.