Is health care a right or a privilege?

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  • Bob Webster - 5 years ago

    The poll defines a "right" as "something every American is entitled to" and a "privilege" as "a special right granted by persons in authority."

    A "right" is more appropriately defined as: "that which a person has a just claim to... [belonging] to a person by law, nature, or tradition." (Webster's New World Dictionary).

    In context with the opinion poll, everyone has a right to provide for their own health care consistent with their needs and means.

    Our Constitution severely limits the powers of federal government (in Article 1, Section 8). Rights are not doled out by our Constitution; rather, it severely limits the federal government's intrusion into our natural rights.

    In common usage, a "privilege" is "a basic civil right, guaranteed by a government." and "a right held by a certain individual, group, or class, and withheld from certain others or all others" (same source).

    In each case, a "privilege" is a "right" differing only in how it arises (naturally or by fiat).

    In fact, health care is neither a "right" nor "privilege". It is a personal obligation; a responsibility.

    Being a "responsible" citizen involves "readily assuming obligations, duties, etc.".

    There exists no "right" to require others to provide us with health care.

    It is our moral duty to be responsible citizens and accept the obligations that attend being a good citizen. That obligation includes personal charity, not governmental "charity" in the form of dependency-fostering unconstitutional welfare.

    When we opt to "let the government do it", we shirk our obligations to current and future generations by supporting the unbridled growth of unconstitutional government.

    Charity care programs exist to support those in need.

    Choose responsible citizenship; not the unbridled expansion of intrusive government power.

  • Etta - 5 years ago

    I'm reading the Bill of Rights and where does it say that school is a right? Where does it say that first responders are a right? Healthcare is a basic human right. Period. Our system is why we rank #37 for life expectancy. Pitiful.
    Hey Tony... I've got some awesome skills as well, and have worked since I was 15. In fact my skills were so great I retired on my own at 55, but I believe that everyone should have access to decent healthcare.

  • Etta - 5 years ago

    I'm reading the Bill of Rights and where does it say that school is a right? Where does it say that first responders are a right? Healthcare is a basic human right. Period. Our system is why we rank #37 for life expectancy. Pitiful.

  • Tammy - 5 years ago

    Scott -

    I can read ... and your arrogant and condescending tone is coming through loud and clear.

  • Scott - 5 years ago

    Tony, obviously one of those good skills you have is not knowing how to read! The poll questions health care not health insurance. By your foolish logic if a person has a cold they don't have a right to seek treatment for it, even if they pay 100% of the costs without any insurance. And math is also not one of your great skills. How much money do the burger flippers contribute to the economy?

  • Tony - 5 years ago

    I totally agree with you Joe. The problem is that Obama "gave" it to us (in more ways than one :) and now people think it's a right. I've always had to pay for my insurance. granted, it was usually heavily subsidized by my employer (that's because I have some good skills, which equates to working for a good company with good pay and benefits). Hey, I have an idea. Get some skills, and go to work for a company that subsidizes your health care. And no, flipping burgers is not a skill !

  • Joe - 5 years ago

    Im reading the bill of rights trying to find where the government is incharge of your helath... why am i missing that part?

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