Paul Hsieh has a great column in The Objective Standard about the fundamentally immoral foundation of the claim, often made by progressives, that health care is a “human right”:
Rights are not entitlements to goods or services produced by others; rather, they are prerogatives to freedom of action, such as the right to free speech, the right to contract, or the right to use one’s property.
Thus, there cannot be a “right” to health care because that would imply that one citizen (in this case the patient) somehow owns the goods, services or time of other citizens (doctors & other health providers).
If a patient needs a $50,000 operation but cannot afford it, he has the ri.ght to ask his friends, family, neighbors, or strangers for monetary assistance—and they have the right to offer it (or not). But the patient has no right to take people’s money without their permission.
And yet that is precisely what our President and his political supporters advocate. Indeed, they have forced ObamaCare on an unwilling electorate for the express purpose of implementing such a scheme.
They flatter themselves that they are morally superior to the opponents of ObamaCare because they want to be “charitable” to the uninsured. But, in fact, they are endorsing coercion. They are accomplices to theft.
To read the rest of Dr. Hsieh’s excellent piece go to this link.