Health care is NOT a right

If so, why not food, clothing, housing and transportation?

As more bad news surfaces about ObamaCare, I am reminded of 10 years ago when I took on the Kendall County (Texas) Democrats in local newspapers on the ill-advised plan. They used a regular column to present their progressive views, and I responded with op-eds and letters to the editor.

Married to someone with an extensive background in the financial side of health care, I had an advantage over those Democrats, who were merely repeating the party talking points.

Perhaps the best-read piece I wrote was my challenge that health care is not a right.

The Declaration of Independence states that we have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That doesn’t mean that other people should be forced to sustain our life or make us happy.

Health care is a business. Doctors and nurses invest a great deal of time and money in their education so they are able to practice medicine.   Hospitals make major investments to provide equipment and facilities for them. Now they’re supposed to be subservient to the government?

While Democrats push health care as a right, we know there is no such thing as free health care. The government cannot infringe on our right to pursue health care, but no one owes us health care. Health insurance is a service or product just like food, clothing and housing; it’s not a right.

ObamaCare has taught us that health insurance is too important to be placed in the hands of our incompetent government that ruins everything it touches. With ObamaCare, Democrats were planning on the young and healthy to pay the freight for the elderly and ill, and it didn’t happen.

Now Hillary Clinton is talking about a single-payer system, but she frequently drifts into the realm of socialized medicine. Bad news. She must be defeated.

The sad thing is that billions of dollars have been invested in government schemes to insure Americans with no improvement. How many times did we hear about people dying on the streets.

There is a law in effect, the 1985 Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which requires hospitals to admit and treat patients even if they cannot pay. This act can probably be blamed for instilling the mistaken belief that health care is a right.

Voters have an opportunity to respond to the waste and fraud of ObamaCare. Defeat those Democrats who voted for it, especially those who are hoping to return to Congress. Russ Feingold in Wisconsin and Evan Bayh in Indiana must be defeated.

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