Nathan Sass

Health Care is not a Right

In Barack Obama, Economics, Health Care Reform, Politics on January 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

It seems the Democrats have revealed their latest strategy to defend the Health Care Reform legislation passed over much public objection last year.  In an attempt to co-opt the constitutional argument of opponents of the law, they are claiming that health care is a right, and therefore the repeal would be a violation of the 14th Amendment (equal protection) and unconstitutional.

Ignoring for a moment that this argument is laughably ignorant, there is a very basic and simple principle the Democrats seem unable to grasp.

Health care is not a right.  Health care is a service.

It’s important to understand that Constitutional rights are not granted, but enumerated, by the Constitution because the founders acknowledge that these rights were natural, inalienable, and granted by the Creator (their words, not mine).  No document, or government, can take them away.  Any attempt to do so would be an affront to the Creator, and tyrannical.

Due to this fundamental principle, every right in the Constitution has a single element in common.  They are, without exception, non material and have no intrinsic value.  No one can buy or sell them, and there is no price to pay for them.  Speech, religion, the right to bear arms, the freedom from unreasonable search and the rest have no price tag on their own.

Furthermore, each element of the Bill of Rights protects citizens from the denial of these rights by the government.  The Bill of Rights protects us FROM government, and has no relation to interactions between private individuals.  I can deny your “right to free speech” in my house, for example.

It is true that there is a price tag for a gun, or to get your writing published.  This is certainly separate from the freedom to own a gun or speak your mind.  I doubt that anyone on the left would argue that the right to bear arms guarantees a free gun to anyone that wants one, but that is the position they are assuming in the case of health care.

Health care, meaning the treatment of illness by trained medical professionals, is no different than the gun dealer selling his wares or a magazine publisher printing articles.  In all cases, the service is tangible and has a market value.  Those delivering them are doing so as their profession, just like a farmer or a grocer.  No one can claim the right to any of them at no cost.

In calling health care a right, the Democrats are declaring that no medical professional can ever deny claim to their services for any reason.  Charging someone for health care potentially denies access to health care and is then by definition a violation of an individual’s rights and cannot be allowed.  Therefore, doctors must provide their services for free and upon demand.

We had an institution like this once in our past.  We required a certain group of people to provide their services free of any compensation and upon demand.  We fought the bloodiest war in our history to eradicate it.  Now the Democrats seek to recreate the institution with a new subservient class of individuals compelled to provide their services.  This time the individuals subservient to society are not defined by skin color, but by profession.

Declaring health care a right demotes those that provide these goods and/or services to absolute slavery.  They are forced to produce on demand and at no charge , otherwise they are violating the rights of those demanding what they produce.  The federal government becomes the plantation owner, and the medical professionals are their property and must respond to their owners every demand.

Extending this logic to its reasonable conclusion illustrates the absurdity of this reasoning, and reveals its absolute Marxist origins:

Food is even more essential to life than health care, and since health care is a right, food must be also.  Therefore all food must be free to anyone who wants it, whenever they want it.  Farmers cannot charge for the food they produce, stores cannot charge for the food they sell, and restaurants cannot charge for food they serve.  It all MUST be free or it violates the right to life.  No wiggle room here.  Anything less is a denial of constitutional rights.

Shelter is also far more vital to life than health care.  Therefore no one can charge for any dwelling.  Apartments must be free to anyone who wants one for as long as they like to live there.  Houses cannot be bought or sold, either.  If someone wants a vacant house, they can just take it.  Charging any money to someone for shelter violates their rights and cannot be allowed.  Again, no wiggle room here.

Using the Democrats own “logic” (I use that term very loosely), anything that is essential for life is a right and all rights are guaranteed and therefore delivered free of charge by the government.  Food, shelter, clothing, water, and medicine can never have a price tag and the central government must provide them for everyone with perfect equity. 

That was, and is, the central tenet of Marxism.  The state provides all and owns all.

Therefore, it is reasonable to say that the arguments of the Democrats are not only illogical, but they are Marxist. 

Democrats have finally exposed themselves fully as Marxist Communists.  There can be no other explanation for their position.  I wonder if anyone will even notice.

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  1. The very thought that some would suggest that Health Care is a right is frightening. I have used similar analogies that you offer here (food certainly is more important than healthcare, thus it should be a right as well) against those arguing the health care is a right and they don’t seem to get it. While it is important that everyone have access to health care when they need it and it would be morally reprehensible to deny health care to someone based on their economic status, that does not translate into a right. I believe those who propose such an argument are disingenuous and in the end it has nothing to do with helping people but gaining control over them.

  2. Well said! Well argued.

  3. Dude, I don’t see a trackback button or anything, so I just thought I’d let you know I linked to this post with some comments and then expanded it a little with some of my own thoughts over here:
    http://theinterfaceofdataandlife.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/a-critical-definition-the-left-doesnt-want-you-to-recognize-or-know/
    Kudos again!

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