The ‘Right’ to Healthcare

The other night in the debate, Obama said that I have a right to healthcare. Only that’s not what he meant. He meant that I have a right to healthcare insurance even if that means you pay for it.
[How do I know? Because indigents can walk into any emergency care facility and they will get treated without insurance.]

What I’d like to know is how I can have this right to healthcare insurance but I don’t have the right to the health insurance that I want to have.
You know – the one that doesn’t mandate birth control/chiropractic care/mental health/and massage.

Michael F. Cannon suggests that it would certainly make my right match more closely with my pocketbook, leaving you (in the form of the government) out of it!

(ps – I suspect I have a right to eat too. Will you pay for my groceries during the coming great depression?) (ht Instapundit)

3 thoughts on “The ‘Right’ to Healthcare

  1. Senator Kennedy thundered that line at the Democratic Convention. You’re right, health care is not a right. What is a right is that no American will be denied his life, liberty or property without due process (that would be the Fifth Amendment for those of you playing the home version).

    The doctors, nurses, hospital owners, pharmaceutical firms, and yes even the eeevil insurance companies have a right to freely contract for their services, products and expertise.

    I seem to spend most of my time explaining that economics is not zero sum, that Bill Gates created his money ex nihilo, but that rights are. When Senator Obama or his ilk offer health care, a living wage, of free bubble up as a right, it all comes out of our real right to contract.

  2. How many other decisions do we get to turn over to That One? I am obviously part of the unwashed stupid masses that has no ability to choose how to take care of myself….we will live thru it if this Chicago mafia rep gets elected, won’t we?

  3. Amen to you both!

    And apparently JK, you have a right to contract, but the government in all it’s collective wisdom gets to decide that if you somehow are coming out on the better end of a contract in spite of how fair the terms were to start with, you my dear will get stabbed with your better end of the stick. (metaphor alert)

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