What the Doc said

August 27th, 2008

Regarding (Senator Kennedy’s) speech, discount viagra prostate if he really believes that healthcare in America should be “a fundamental right for all” then I wonder how he reconciles that belief with the fundamental rights of physicians and other healthcare professionals? True rights do not require the labor of others.

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  • 1. Debunked  |  August 27th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Then I suppose you also nullify your right to bear arms?

    After all, I don’t think you were in the garage crafting your own Smith & Wesson Model 39 along with smelting each bullet you fired.

    Or the right to trial by jury? Aren’t the jury technically working there? I guess you just forfeited those rights as well.

  • 2. elliot  |  August 27th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t think the gun example is a good one.

    No one forces gun manufacturers to provide guns to people at a fixed price determined by the government.

    I think the jury trial argument is much better!

  • 3. folkbum  |  August 27th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I don’t think anyone is proposing mandatory 80-hour weeks for docs, which suggests your source here is building a pretty classic strawman.

    There’s also the fact that doctors take the oath to “do no harm” and whatnot, and have legal and ethical obligations in other situations (i.e., when a diner at the next table is choking on her arugula).

  • 4. buzz  |  August 27th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath does not have the words “do no harm” in any form.

  • 5. elliot  |  August 27th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Even the original doesn’t.

    It’s sort of a myth.

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