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.
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.
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)
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…