Friday, March 10, 2017

Do We Have a "Right" to Health Care?

My explanation is up in a piece at The Federalist.

A snippet:

Buried beneath the Obamacare replacement debates is the philosophical question of whether health care is a “right.” Article 25 of the United Nations’ Declaration of Rights, for instance, declares it so. While this is correct as a means, it’s wrong as an end. Understanding the distinction is vital.

For the first time in human history, the Declaration of Independence announced that “all men are created equal.” As Abraham Lincoln argued, everyone is equal because everyone is free, and everyone is free because everyone is equal. Hence no man has the authority to rule over another without the other’s consent. Furthermore, because this equality emanates from the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” it imbues every individual with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Read the full article here.

1 comment:

  1. Seeing as how nothing is ever 'free', it's not correct to say one has a 'right' to healthcare. A person cannot have a right that infringes upon someone else, or forces them to perform a deed/action/contribution against their will. i.e., my 'Rights' can't take away from others' 'rights'.

    One of the biggest issues we face in the U.S. today is this contention that we all should have 'rights' which rely upon others to do things for us. It's sickening (but hey, I've got 'free' healthcare!)