Rights Versus Wishes
By Walter E. Williams
April 20, 2016
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Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “I believe that health care is a right of all people.” President Barack Obama declared that health care “should be a right for every American.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “Every person has a right to adequate health care.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his January 1944 message to Congress, called for “the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.” And it is not just a health care right that people claim. There are rights to decent housing, good food, and a decent job, and for senior citizens, there’s a right to prescription drugs. In a free and moral society, do people have these rights? Let’s look at it.
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So how is that “right” to “affordable care” working out for you?
I have no obligation to pay for anyone else’s “stuff”.
A “positive” right to something implies that someone must provide it.
In nature, everything has a cost. Even “free health care”.
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