Why or how is health care a right the same way life and liberty are human rights? Ask any progressive and here’s what you’ll likely hear.
- It is a right because it is important.
- It is a right because it is unfair for some people to get better treatment than others merely because they have more money.
By that reckoning, there is a right to fly 1st class, holds Frank Miele in Real Clear Politics.
Shelter and Health Care – Essential Human Rights
If the difference is that health care is essential to quality of life, then let us consider something else that is essential to quality of life — shelter. Without shelter, most of us would perish, or at least be miserable, yet there is little insistence that shelter is a fundamental human right.
In our major cities, for instance, homelessness is at epidemic proportions, yet Democrats don’t talk about the necessity of building emergency housing at enormous cost so that everyone is protected from the elements, disease and crime. Why?
Because you cannot provide shelter to those who don’t want it, nor can you provide it without taking resources from those who would not willingly surrender them.
The Right to Confiscate Someone Else’s Money
Bernie Sanders would spend the U.S. into bankruptcy with his claim that health care itself is a right.
Joe Biden thinks everyone is entitled to the “right to peace of mind.”
What’s Joe going to do, inquires Mr. Miele, when thousands or even millions remain anxious despite having access to “affordable, quality health care”? Nothing, “because that right doesn’t really exist any more than a right to health care does.”
We all have the right to make decisions about our own health care, but we don’t have the right to requisition someone else’s money to implement those decisions.
The “right to health care” is nothing more than the robber’s “right” to take whatever he wants and leave you whatever he doesn’t “need.”
The Battle for Precious Individual Rights
Whichever Democrat prevails in the nomination fight, it will be up to President Trump to push back against the temptation of free health care and to remind Americans that our strength as a nation is our precious individual rights, not the cheap slogans of communism. Let the battle begin.
What to Do if You Can’t Fly 1st Class?
Make Coronavirus a Win/Win …
Dear RCY Readers and Investors,
The best advice on this page is to avoid crowds and public places, and isolate yourself as much as possible.
The most private, isolating place I know is your automobile, so please do not use planes, trains, subways, buses. Get in your car and drive everywhere.
I am heavily invested in oil stocks and about to lose my shirt, so please, drive a lot, buy lots of gas. It’s good for your health, good for the economy.
Let’s make this virus a wim/win!
Ain’t this a great country?
A WSJ Reader/Investor
P.S. You can also make your own hand sanitizer.
P.P.S. In the Age of Coronavirus: a Homemade Throat Sanitizer.
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