Health care is not a right

May 20th, 2007

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board thinks health care should be a basic right.

In America, buy cialis capsule rights are traditionally things you already have in a natural state that can’t or should not be taken away: life, case liberty, speech, freedom, self-defense.

But you don’t already HAVE healthcare: you purchase it from people who spent a very long time learning to become medical professionals.

You don’t have a right to other people’s time, talent, and expertise.

What the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is talking about is an entitlement not a right.

I’m willing to discuss the possibility of making universal health care an entitlement for every American.

Unlike the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, I’m not willing to abuse the meaning of the word “right” to try to lend the idea extra credibility.

Entry Filed under: Media,Milwaukee,Observations,Philosophy,Politics

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  May 20th, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Our health care system is broken and needs to be fixed but I agree with you that it is not a right. The medical professionals should also have the right to refuse treatment to anybody who does not have insurance or is not willing to pay for the health care. It is funny that Journal Sentinel does not have editorials against the law that says that everybody has to be treated if they show up in emergency care.

    I pay a large amount of money for my health insurance but I still have to wait 4 hours to see anybody in emergency room because it is filled with people getting health care for free. These free loaders(mainly illegal immigrants and inner city people) are put in the same line as people who work really hard to pay for their insurance.

    Isn’t their a saying that people have rights as long as their interfere with the rights of other people? This “right” to health care interfere with the rights of many hard working Americans who have worked hard to go into health care field or the people who have to pay high premium to pay for the free loaders.

  • 2. TheyDontGetIt  |  May 20th, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Health Care is no more of a right than food. You cannot take from someone else in order to provide for yourself.

    We provide care to anyone who shows up at the door and we all pay for those who have no money. That system is not great, but we all understand it and are willing to accept it. What we cannot except is a system that says such a bargain needs to be expanded.

    Enough already.

  • 3. tee bee  |  May 21st, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    “But you don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t already HAVE healthcare: you purchase it from people who spent a very long time learning to become medical professionals.”

    Let’s not forget the huge expenditure med professionals incur just for practicing thanks to malpractice suits and the now-necessary insurance. Shall we cut that out of the picture and call it almost even?

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