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You Do Not Have a Right to Health Care

Updated on July 25, 2015

You Do Not Have a Right to Health Care

Let us agree to agree on rights that we do have. We begin with one of the most significant phrases in literary history:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

Life: The government shouldn't be able to kill you. If you burn a flag, if you say something mean about George Bush, if you don't like asparagus, the feds can't come to your house and confiscate your life.

Liberty: The government shouldn't be able to control your comings and goings. Driving to Myrtle Beach for Summer vacation cannot be prohibited or legislated against. You can quit your job, change apartments, or hang out in a doughnut shop for the free wireless.

The Pursuit of Happiness: The government shouldn't be able to stop you from doing what you think is best for you. You can invest in a worm farm. You can spend your career in a union job. You can visit Myrtle Beach and sleep in a tent in a KOA Kampground.

What do these rights have in common?

Several common threads run through these rights:

  1. They are passive to provide. All the government has to do is stay out of the way.
  2. They cost nothing to provide. No government agency need be created.
  3. They are uniform. No one is excluded. The government can easily not kill everyone, not impede everyone, and not boss everyone around.

Note: these rights are not passive or free to protect. No one is arguing that.

Let us apply these rights to health care

Assume that health care is indeed a right. From that thesis, how does it dovetail with our Big Three rights?

Health care is not passive to provide. Government will take over 1/6th of the economy. Agencies will be created and expanded. Thousands of pages of regulations will be written. The health care bill is over 2000 pages all by itself. Oddly enough, the bill signed by Barack Hussein Obama does not include verbiage obligating insurance companies to accept children with preexisting conditions. Obama campaigned on that promise.

Health care is not free. Government will confiscate resources from citizens to pay for the health care of other citizens. If you never get sick, you will see no benefit. If you get sick and you don't go to the doctor, you will see no benefit. None of us expect the government to force us to visit the doctor, do we? Oddly enough, the bill signed by Barack Hussein Obama forces all citizens into insurance pools that will provide coverage sometimes not wanted or even needed by some. For example, a 70 year old woman will have pregnancy coverage on her policy.

Health care is not uniform to provide. Numerous exemptions have already been added to bill. The entire state of Hawaii has been exempted. Some Indian tribes have been exempted. Citizens with 'premium' (as defined by the government) insurance plans will pay a 35%-40% tax on their plans.

Congress exempted themselves and their families.

Whatcha think?

"The government kills people all the time!"

True. Let's not legislate any more of it. You don't have to refer to it as a "Death Panel", but some bureaucrat somewhere will be deciding if and when you see the doctor. Health care will be rationed; it's a finite resource and all finite resources must be rationed if they are ostensibly given away to the citizenry.

"People can't afford health care!"

Sometimes true, sometimes people simply choose to buy something else. Regardless, it's still beyond the purview of the government to buy health care or even health insurance for everyone. It's not an issue of what you think the government should do. It's an issue of what the government is permitted by law to do.

Honestly, if you feel strongly about the right to health care, pass a constitutional amendment. We have a well-defined structure for getting that accomplished.

"The government does all kinds of narrow stuff that doesn't benefit everyone. Special classes are given special benefits all the time."

True, but we know special treatment is not constitutionally viable . Why should we lay on more of that?

"No one likes their health care! No one likes their health insurance!"

Hyperbole aside, that's not the government's problem. The free market will sort it out.

"You''re cold and cruel!"

Ad hominem attack. Anyway, hundreds of thousands of pages of government regulations have no heart either. At least an insurance company can be sued. Have you ever tried to navigate government bureaucracy? Ever struggle to appeal a Medicare or Social Security denial? The AMA calculated that Medicare denied claims in 2008 at a greater rate than Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Coventry, Humana, and UHC.

"Everyone has a right to health!"

No. Sorry. You can't even guarantee your own health, let alone the health of a nation.


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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent hub! I think you have HC pegged!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @cjv123 : Thanks. and thanks for tweeting me. Maybe BHO will have someone show him how to tweet and he will read it.

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      Carol 7 years ago from Michigan

      This is honestly one of the very best articles I've read about health care and government intervention/intrusion into our lives. Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT! This should be posted everywhere. I'm also going to Tweet it!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Well, we got what they told us we wanted. Now we get to pay taxes for 3 years before the 'benefits' kick in.

      It's a sad day for the constitution.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @OpinionDuck: You gave me a Christmas laugh. Thanks!

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      when everone looks under their Christmas Tree tomorrow, they will find the everlasting Democratic gift of health.

      I can hardly wait for Christmas!

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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      This is an excellent Hub. Thanks, nycomp, for thinking it through intelligently and coming up with a fantastic article. Those who argue against your fine logic and say life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means we all enter into a commune and share equally everything we own are not well read on constitutional history. They didn't write this to get a handout. They were quality people, not bums. They were independent people and provided for their own needs. The naysayers to your article should study the founders and the history behind this statement. "Life" doesn't mean a person's neighbors have the duty to sustain someone's life. It means we can't take that person's life. I can't take a gun and shoot someone. That is not only against the law, but the law is constitutional because this great document protects individuals from others overtly extinguishing their lives. In fact, that's really the main purpose of government - to maintain the "domestic tranquility" and to keep the enemy away from our shores and the terrorists who would take our lives away from our neighborhoods. We can't guarantee life by mandating the haves feed the have-nots, but that is how crazy the Obamaites have become. The One World Order takes without permission from the rich countries and gives to the poor ones. That's the beginning of tyranny because once you do this, you provide the leader of that world order with resources to torment the lives of others and run away with the money if he wants. Big government, and Big New World Order, is all about increasing and centralizing power into the hands of bureaucrats and robbing the ordinary citizen. One thing leads to another. You take the attitude that the Constitution requires us to provide health care to all, soon you are extending the Constitution to mean each person has a "right" to a steak sandwich for lunch and on and on and on. Thanks for being so logical and good. Don White

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      joer4x4 7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Great hub! I agree!

      One point. Health care is dependent on life. Without life there would be no health care. Therefore, it stands to reason health care is not a right.

      The reason the elderly are in the position they are in is because they believed the government when they were promised the moon and stars.

      I can look anyone in the eye and say "I deserve what I earn"

      Those who can not truly take care of themselves is under 1% of the population. That is not a burden.

      You bet God is watching. God didn't put regulations in place. He gave us all free will. That is choice.

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      MagicStarER 7 years ago from Western Kentucky

      "certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

      Without medical care, life itself is threatened. No one should go without medical care which can lead to death, just because they do not have the money to pay for it.

      No one who has more money should be able to have medical care and the person who has no money have to do without it.

      We all have the same right to enjoy the best health possible.

      A rich person's body is not more valuable than a poor person's.

      Or were you born "better" than me somehow? Did you come into this world with more right to enjoy good health than I did?

      Health care is NOT a corporate commodity. It is a basic need.

      Sorry. You ARE selfish. You ARE lacking in compassion for your fellow man.

      Again, I ask: Would you rather your tax money went to bail out big bankers and to kill millions of innocent people in the Middle East?

      Or would you rather it go to letting America's poor and elderly go to the doctor and have the medicine they need?

      Some people are not able to work, they are too ill.

      Some are too elderly to take care of themselves.

      And little kids certainly not responsible for their lack of money.

      I agree that the health care bill they are trying to get passed is WRONG!! There is no way the government should be ORDERING us to BUY health insurance plans from big corporations. That is insane. The "exchange system/public option" is a joke, too. Just a way to give the insurance companies MORE of our hard-earned money.

      They think we are too stupid to know the difference.

      Some people, like all of you here, have fed into that bullshit about "forcing" people to buy health care insurance, that it is not a right, that poor people "don't deserve health care", and that if poor people don't have health care, it is their own fault, etc, etc, ad nauseum...

      However, what they DO need to do, is to regulate the percentage of profits allowed to be realized on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health care in general.

      And there need to be some regulations on the health insurance companies.

      But also, we need to provide for those who are not able to pay for health care insurance either because they are too ill, elderly, poor, or are children. There is already a system in place for this. It is called Medicaid.

      All that needs to be done is put regulations in place to control health care costs and provide a net to catch those who can't afford to buy health insurance, by expanding the scope of Medicaid enough so that the 51 million Americans who can not afford health care, can get it. (BTW in case you don't know it, there are co-pays involved with Medicaid now, it is NOT FREE!)

      Stop being so damn petty and selfish.

      This kind of attitude exactly, is what is wrong with this country. No compassion for your fellow man. And no love.

      Grow some.

      Sorry. I disagree with the points exponentiated here.

      People like you and those who posted here are always trying to point fingers at everyone else and act like they are somehow superior, never realizing that exactly what these 51 million other Americans are going through, can very easily happen to themselves. I don't care how much you make, nor how much you have right now. Before the benefits of ANY health care bill passed now go into effect, it is estimated that another 135,000 Americans will die as a result of having no medical care. I myself will very likely be one of them.

      Look me in the eye face to face and tell me I don't deserve medical care. I dare you to.

      What is happening to me and millions of others can also happen to you. Know how? Just get a terminal illness. And lose your job. Use up your savings. And get to the point where you also lose your home and everything you own. And to where you MUST receive medical care and your medications or you will DIE.

      Then see what happens.

      I'll tell you what happens right now in this country:

      You lose your home

      You lose everything you have

      You end up living in a tent under a bridge somewhere

      You starve to death

      And you do without medical care or your medications entirely

      Then you die all alone in the cold somewhere

      While you are waiting for Social Security Disability to decide whether or not to give you a check (which can take up to FIVE YEARS!!!!)

      And also you get to listen to people like you who think that anyone who is sick and can not afford health insurance premiums is lazy or somehow less than you.

      There are plenty of people who have college educations and who made good incomes whose only fault is that they got SICK. And now have nothing!

      How do I know???

      Because I am ONE of them. I am also speaking as an RN who has seen the results of the selfishness of this society. I also have many personal friends who are now dead because they could not get the medical care they needed and deserved.

      Pray you don't get sick in this country.

      I suggest you take a few field trips to your local county mental hospitals, nursing home facilities, and childrens' homes and take a good look at who needs our help. I have taken care of THOUSANDS of helpless poor people - people who must be taken care of, who can not fend for themselves, who are sick and poor. Open your eyes and open your heart, also.

      Would you begrudge your brother a glass of healing water when he is sick and thirsty? Shame on you. God is watching.

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      Vicki99 7 years ago from Meridian Idaho

      This is an exceptional article. It echos my own thoughts, though not as well said as yours. Thank you.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      I agree with you and additionally even before this National Health System bill, government didn't stay out of the way. For example, the FDA while ostensibly there to protect us, has instead caused the price of drugs to be outrageous. At the same time, we have not had a real medical cure since they were given conrol over the industry by Congress.

      In addition, they OK drugs that then are found to be harmful, so what other than getting in the way are they doing for us.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      You are right on target. I've seen the right to "health care" applied to the right to "food care" and the rediculous nature of both becomes readily apparent.

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      vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie


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      JuneLOVE 7 years ago

      Obama's Health plan is going to drag us further down the tubes.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Great hub. You are right on target with all of this.