There’s no shortage of people out there who say that Healthcare is a right. Have you ever asked those who believe it is right to either define a right or explain how healthcare is a right? I have never heard a good explanation and typically the answer is “because I think everyone should have the same healthcare regardless of how much money they have”. I usually then ask what of our other rights cost money and that question is typically ignored and I’m told I am greedy or I hate poor people…Rights do not cost money.
Tonight on the Bill Cunningham show I heard him make a great point I’d like to share. These people say healthcare is a right so government must provide it to everyone and everyone must pay for it. Why doesn’t that work with any other rights? We have a freedom of religion, yet there is no push for the government to build you a church. In fact, the exact opposite is true. We have a freedom of speech, yet the government is building me a podium or giving me a national audience. We have freedom to assemble, but the government is not going to help me out in forming my groups. So why then are they expected to pay for healthcare, assuming it is a right?
I once asked a friend who tells me healthcare is a right if all people have the same rights. Of course he agreed that all people have the same rights. So then I asked why people born 200 years ago did not have the same rights as we do since they didn’t have close to the same medical advances we have now. I could sense he felt he was not winning this debate, but he wasn’t going to give up that easily. He countered by saying, “I think all people are entitled to the best possible medical care available at that time.” Wow, that sounds so noble, I still don’t know who is going to pay for it, so I asked, “What if a cure for lung cancer is discovered in Australia. Should the US government pay for everyone with lung cancer to fly to Australia for the treatment? It is available and the clock is ticking on the cancer.
God Bless Freedom, Liberty, and Personal Property,
Slappy Jones II