Via Washington Examiner:
Beset by multiple controversies in Washington, President Obama tried to turn the nation’s attention to his 2010 health care overhaul during a Friday trip to California where he encouraged all Americans who are currently uninsured, and specifically Latinos in the state, to enroll in government-subsidized insurance exchanges.
Flanked by representatives from Spanish-language media outlets Impremedia, Univision and Telemundo, Mr. Obama touted the plan’s provision of coverage for 10.2 million uninsured Latinos and argued that the new law is already resulting in lower premium costs.
“Quality, affordable care is not some earned privilege – it’s a right,” he said during remarks at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif.
“Competition and choice are pushing down costs in the individual market, just like the law is designed to do,” he added.
Keep on reading…Here is why health care is not a right:
President Obama believes that health care is a right for every American. This is a perversion of the Founding Fathers’ idea of rights. There is an abundance of problems associated with ObamaCare but not enough attention has been paid to the dangerous philosophy behind the law. The underlying problem with ObamaCare is that too many Americans now see health care as a human right rather than a good.
The Declaration of Independence states that we have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That doesn’t mean that other people should be forced to sustain our life or make us happy. Many people have a fundamental misunderstanding of the negative rights listed in the founding document. A negative right is a right to not have something done to us. The right to not be killed, the right to not have our property confiscated and the right to not have our speech punished are negative rights.
These legitimate rights do not place obligations on anyone except to not infringe on the rights of others. Otherwise, people are free to do as they please.
Progressives have invented so-called positive rights that are listed nowhere in our founding documents. A positive right is a right to something such as health care, housing, and clothing. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights claims that everyone has a right to health care. Of course, there’s no such thing as free health care. The government has no money of its own which means that it cannot “give” anyone health care without first taking away something from someone else. Read it all...
Post a Comment