Could it be dumber?

Nancy Pelosi says “In America, health care should be a right for all, not a privilege for the wealthy few. ”

The woman who referred to herself as “a master legislator” displays an enormous lack of understanding of “rights.” Most of the right in the US are negative rights- against the government. These rights protect us from unreasonable search and seizure, self-incrimination, and the like. One of the rare rights not involving the government is the abolition and prohibition of slavery.

13th Amendment:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

There are a few affirmative rights- national security, police protection, public education. In each of these cases the government provides the service through collecting taxes and subsequently hiring the individuals to provide the service. Does anyone really want healthcare run like the army? The police? The public schools? The only way that healthcare can be a right is if we, consumers- also known as patients- allow the government to take over care.

It might be a good idea. But then again it might be as effective as the TSA. If you think your healthcare is bad now- wait until Pelosi makes it a right.


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