Monday, March 16, 2009
Is Healthcare a Right? Or a Left?
I was stuck in an airport and managed to catch a local radio show. I think it was the "Valentine Show". Anyway, I was struck by his statements about "the right to healthcare". It goes something like this. I am paraphrasing as I can not remember it exactly. "If healthcare is a right, and we are going to make the government provide our "rights" then lets look at some other things that also then should be "rights". Lets say, food. You need to eat. Clothing, you need to be warm. For that matter, heat then should be a right. Of course, a place to live should be a right as well. So, if healthcare is a right and we decide that the government is to provide it, then they should also provide food, clothes, and places to live on the taxpayers dime. But then, by forcing one group to pay for anothers healthcare, isn't that violating their rights? I guess for the "Left" a "right" means that it is something that you get for free or at least someone else pays for the bulk of it while a "Right" "Right" is something that you can go out and get on your own and the government should not get in the way.