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

Comments 4

  1. nyp wrote:

    That’s why there is no right to a primary and secondary education.
    And why Medicare is immoral.

    Posted 22 Mar 2011 at 8:50 am
  2. Marc Brown wrote:

    It’s far, far better to have a society where people have to beg to stay alive and thousands queue for third world field hospitals in downtown LA. Makes you proud to be an American.

    Posted 22 Mar 2011 at 4:07 pm
  3. Robert wrote:

    Marc – remember when you were talking about not being able to defend the problems in the NHS and its treatment of the elderly – No problems in Britian, but why address them when it is easier to attack America. – He who throws stones…

    Besides I didn’t know this post was about the people begging or not begging to stay alive. I thought it was about whether or not healthcare is a right, and a positive right at that, and a single opinion written about it. You may disagree with the opinion but then address that rather then spew your animosity for all Americans.

    Posted 23 Mar 2011 at 9:11 am
  4. MonkeyIncognito wrote:

    nyp – are you starting to see the truth, or just being facetious?

    Posted 24 Mar 2011 at 10:02 am

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