Healthcare is a human right!

There is no debate.  Healthcare is a human right.

I’m not sure how there can be any misunderstanding here.  Each of us has the right.  We are endowed by our creator certain inalienable rights. (sound familiar?)  And one of those is healthcare.

Everyday, every minute, every second we make decisions that are beneficial or detrimental to our health.  It’s our right being free individuals in a currently free society.

For example;

I have the right to buy bigger bottles of scotch.

I also have the right to put the cheeseburgers down and push away from the table.

Clearly you can see the difference between the two… buying bigger bottles of scotch means more of it when I want it thus it being beneficial, and putting down the cheeseburger being detrimental because cheeseburgers are yummy.

What I do not have is the right to force you to subsidize my scotch consumption through a scheme where the Federal government, via regulation, raises your insurance rates to cover my cheeseburger and scotch habit.

And here is where it gets good…  If you want to lose your human right to healthcare as described above then keep pushing the implementation of Socialized Medicine.  Once fully up and running you will have people like me deciding everything from how big your scotch bottle can be to how cheesy your burger should be.  Assuming, of course, that I allow you to have a burger in the first place… I hear that veggie burgers are better for your health – you with me here?

This speaks to the most basic of our “inalienable rights”.  It’s all about freedom.  The freedom to make the wrong decision even when we know what the right one is.

There is nothing wrong with the health system as it currently exists.  It’s not perfect, but its the only system that doesn’t allow me to put a mortgage on your life to keep me drinking scotch out of ever bigger bottles.  And while not perfect, it’s a darn sight closer to perfect than any of its nearest competitors in other countries.

There is a rush to implement socialized medicine in the U.S. for several reasons.  First is the most basic for leftists, and that’s the power of control over you given to government.  Second is the need to convince you its brilliant before the other Socialist healthcare systems drive their countries into bankruptcy.  (Unless you’re Cuba who has simply stopped supporting any of its other infrastructure in order to prop up its mediocre military and mediocre health care system.) And finally, and possibly the most sinister, is the rush to get people hooked on the access and view it as an entitlement.  In other words, get the needle in their arm… pun intended.

So to sum it up, our health care system could use some scrutiny.  No doubt.  But we need to understand why “private” is a must.

OR

We all need to get bumper stickers reading “It wont be fair until we all have crappy health care” and “I can’t wait to tell you what you can eat.”

(originally posted 011512)

Update:

It’s also important to understand that profits organize markets.  In other words, once something becomes a “right” then profit must be removed.  I just had this conversation last evening… and morning… with a friend and her husband.  Both doctors.  She believes Health Care is a Human Right.  And, Insurance Companies should not be making money from it.  I said ‘f*ir enough’, You should work for free too.

This prompted her to change direction quickly and offer there should be a ‘balance’.  I asked her who should be in charge of determining what that balance might be… she began to tell me what the balance should be in today’s dollar amounts.  I asked her why it should be her who determines the ‘balance’?  She couldn’t answer me… she’s not stupid, she knew where I was going.  I simply said “Thank you for illustrating my point.”

Thus the repost.  It was on my mind.  And it’s valuable to recognize that we will be revisiting the same arguments over… and over… and over…

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7 responses to “Healthcare is a human right!

  • David

    Since you dusted this off I can comment again. I would argue that healthcare is NOT a human right. Imagine the billions of people who have died over the ages without ever seeing a doctor/shaman/healer etc.

    Now look at the thousands of doctors who are no longer accepting Medicare patients because the government has reduced the allowable amounts so much that taking the patients would bankrupt the practice.

    Healthcare is a privilege.

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  • insanitybytes22

    You can really see some of this coming to pass where I live. We lost a couple of doctors who just saw Obamacare coming and threw in the towel, so now we have a doctor shortage. Everything is now computerized which is a bit like a cross between the DMV and the McDonald’s drive through window. Forget any kind of personal care or individuality, you are just a statistic on a computer screen. Wait times for getting an appointment anywhere now range about 3 weeks. Visits to the ER have actually increased because it takes so long to get an appointment. We now put bar code wrist bands on patients and I get to scan them like a piece of produce at the grocery store. I call it the mark of the beast.

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    • Mike

      It’s counter-productive to what many of the ‘true believers’ profess to want. They simply cannot understand that once you remove profit you remove the desire of the best and brightest to perform such services. It’s so painfully simple yet escapes so very many otherwise intelligent people.

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  • David

    Our government should never get in the healthcare business. Federal healthcare would be the ultimate control over the citizens (this one gets to live, but that one doesn’t).

    I am totally in favor of private healthcare. President Obama missed an incredible opportunity to fix some major flaws with our private healthcare system. I watched him on T.V. listen to wonderful recommendations and then ignore them all.

    Here’s my beef with the system we have now, i don’t want to foot the bill for the care of the unhealthy (don’t pretend that i just said sick).

    the major financial drain on health ins. companies right now goes to the care of self inflicted ailments that arise from the poor choices of americans that are increasingly unhealthy (don’t pretend that i just said sick).

    i am placed in a pool with them and my premium is raised even though i’ve never been to a doctor because i’m healthy. I don’t want to pay for their care.

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  • Adam

    My problem with the current system has to do with insurance companies. I’ve had to fight for my claims just about every time I receive care, and I have the privilege of paying them to fight me. It’s usually not over enough money to sue over. For example, in college I had my wisdom teeth removed. As a student, my parents insurance company allowed me to stay on their plan. But, when it came time to actually make the claim they kept coming up with excuses to not pay (often the same excuse about being over 18 over and over again) until they finally turned me over to a collection agency. Their job, essentially, is to collect your money every month and, when you really need it, find a way to not pay. That’s how they make money. That is their business. This is especially the case if you have something serious or even fatal. Dead men can’t sue, and families just want to put it behind them. By the time you’re in this sort of situation there’s often not enough time to do anything about it. By that time they don’t really have to worry about your continued business. In fact, if you survive they have a disincentive to keep your business.

    It’s basically impossible for me to switch companies without switching jobs. Not only would I fore go part of my compensation, but my wife would not be accepted due to a preexisting condition. Many people with this condition need to be hospitalized often, but she has never been anywhere near that sick with it. Rather than considering the circumstances, it’s always just denied as soon as they hear the name. I understand not wanting to have people suddenly get sick and THEN buy insurance, but if she can be covered under my corporate policy, then why not under a privately purchased policy?

    I think this lack of mobility puts a damper on entrepreneurship. Many people stick with jobs that are a sub-optimal fit because they can’t risk not having access to the insurance benefits.

    These are big problems. Socialized medicine might not be the answer, but what is?

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    • Mike

      These are absolutely problems. Part of the biggest problem is an employer’s participation. We made a mistake long ago having employers participate in the healthcare process. We positioned healthcare as a benefit or entitlement of employment. Things cannot improve until we start thinking in terms of personal and portable. I do not disagree fundamentally with your assessment on how insurance companies see their job’s, but only more competition can change this and currently the states over regulate the companies demanding they cover certain health issues etc. But this needs to be dealt with at a state level. (Or federally through the commerce clause?) These are interesting and valid concerns which are being debated as we write this. Like I said, our system can use the scrutiny.
      What is aggravating is a single payer system (Socialized Medicine) is exactly opposite of more competition and it’s being offered as a solution to the existing problems. Eliminating competition is the nail in the coffin of any real solution. Socialized Medicine will prevent you from ANY recourse if you’re unhappy about how you are being dealt with. (Currently there are other companies to switch to and you reserve the right to sue which can get you attention very quickly.) You can’t sue the government and a handful of humans with the same self interest you’re upset with the insurance companies for having will decide your fate. Their word will be final unless you want to go through very lengthy petition processes. When has the government ever been efficient with our money or our time? By the time you figure out that Socialized Medicine has only made these exact issues worse it is too late… and we have plenty of current examples all over the world.
      The answer is to get involved in real discussions employing free market solutions. They are out there.

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  • Scott Fox

    Great post! Somewhere along the line freedom got put on the back burner, and we’re paying for it.

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