To define rights and put them in the context of our history and government, the second section of the Declaration of Independence reads, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
These are the three unalienable rights which this country and its government have been founded and built upon. An individual should be guaranteed the freedom to act however they choose as long as it does not infringe on another’s freedom. This is the fundamental concept of rights.
At the heart of the Healthcare issue appears to be confusion around the rights of individuals and the extend of government protection regarding these rights.
Health care is a service provided by doctors, nurses, etc. to any individual for a price.
On the most fundamental level, guaranteeing any individual a right to receive a service infringes on the right of another person who provides the service.
Declaring every individual has a right to access and receive health care, universal coverage, also declares every individual in the healthcare industry, doctors, nurses, etc are required and forced to provide their service. To assert health care rights for the individual seeking the service, asserts individuals providing the health care service have no rights. Another approach is to subjugate individual rights, doctors, nurses, etc., for the “greater good” of society. For idea, the “greater good” of society, leads down the road to communism where the individual exists for the sole purpose of the community.
In all cases, claiming the right to receive healthcare service violates the right of the healthcare service provider. To take away the rights of health care providers, doctors, nurses, etc. enslaves them to the party removing their rights, in this case, the government.
To access and receive health care is not a right, but a desire, want, need or demand. It is a form of enslavement to remove the rights of a group of people. A right to health care is not just or morally right and is inconsistent with the principles this country was founded upon.
In the House of Representatives on Sept 23rd 2009, Ron Paul states, “1.) No one has a right to medical care. If one assumes such a right, it endorses the notion that some individuals have a right to someone else’s life and property. This totally contradicts the principles of liberty.”
Ron Paul states in an NPR interview, “I do not believe peoples’ needs or desires or wants or demands are rights. ”
Declaration of Independence
Mises – Involuntary Medical Servitude
NPR – Ron Paul: Leave Government Out of Insurnace Plan
House.gov – Ron Paul – More Government Won’t Help