Healthcare is a Good, Not a Right

From: Ron Paul

Political philosopher Richard Weaver famously and correctly stated that ideas have consequences. Take for example ideas about rights versus goods. Natural law states that people have rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A good is something you work for and earn. It might be a need, like food, but more “goods” seem to be becoming “rights” in our culture, and this has troubling consequences. It might seem harmless enough to decide that people have a right to things like education, employment, housing or healthcare. But if we look a little further into the consequences, we can see that the workings of the community and economy are thrown wildly off balance when people accept those ideas.

First of all, other people must pay for things like healthcare. Those people have bills to pay and families to support, just as you do. If there is a “right” to healthcare, you must force the providers of those goods, or others, to serve you.

Obviously, if healthcare providers were suddenly considered outright slaves to healthcare consumers, our medical schools would quickly empty. As the government continues to convince us that healthcare is a right instead of a good, it also very generously agrees to step in as middle man. Politicians can be very good at making it sound as if healthcare will be free for everybody. Nothing could be further from the truth. The administration doesn’t want you to think too much about how hospitals will be funded, or how you will somehow get something for nothing in the healthcare arena. We are asked to just trust the politicians. Somehow it will all work out.

Universal Healthcare never quite works out the way the people are led to believe before implementing it. Citizens in countries with nationalized healthcare never would have accepted this system had they known upfront about the rationing of care and the long lines.

As bureaucrats take over medicine, costs go up and quality goes down because doctors spend more and more of their time on paperwork and less time helping patients. As costs skyrocket, as they always do when inefficient bureaucrats take the reins, government will need to confiscate more and more money from an already foundering economy to somehow pay the bills. As we have seen many times, the more money and power that government has, the more power it will abuse. The frightening aspect of all this is that cutting costs, which they will inevitably do, could very well mean denying vital services. And since participation will be mandatory, no legal alternatives will be available.

The government will be paying the bills, forcing doctors and hospitals to dance more and more to the government’s tune. Having to subject our health to this bureaucratic insanity and mismanagement is possibly the biggest danger we face. The great irony is that in turning the good of healthcare into a right, your life and liberty are put in jeopardy.

Instead of further removing healthcare from the market, we should return to a true free market in healthcare, one that empowers individuals, not bureaucrats, with control of healthcare dollars. My bill HR 1495 the Comprehensive Healthcare Reform Act provides tax credits and medical savings accounts designed to do just that.

10 Responses to “Healthcare is a Good, Not a Right”

  1. 1 Norris Hall
    23 July 2009 at 14:52

    Good response

    A revised parable

    One day a poor pregnant woman came to Ron Paul
    “Oh, wise one” cried the woman. “My husband has abandoned me and my children for another woman. I cannot support this child in my belly. I want to have an abortion. ”

    Ron Paul gazed upon the poor woman and replied “No. Woman. The baby in your belly has a right to life. Go and have your baby and forget about an abortion”
    So the woman had her baby.
    The baby was born gravely sick.
    It needed a doctor and expensive medical care.
    So the woman returned to the Congressman
    “Oh wise one. My baby is sick. But I am poor. I have no means of support and no health insurance. My child needs expensive medical care.”
    Ron Paul took the the poor woman’s hands in his.
    “Health care is not a right. My child. It is a good.” He reminded her . “You chose to marry an unreliable man. You chose to be a wife and mother instead of learning a trade to support yourself. We are all responsible for our choices. If your child is sick and you cannot afford a doctor you have no one to blame but yourself.

    The child died after much suffering

  2. 28 July 2009 at 04:26

    @Norris: Thanks for visiting. Thanks for the new parable as well.

  3. 3 Alan Scott
    28 July 2009 at 19:11

    Ideally Medical Insurance should cover catastrophic events. It should not cover viagra, plastic surgery, hair transplants, etc. If you want those, pay for them yourself. Add in tort reform and you’ve got the health care problem half solved.

  4. 4 DJ
    31 July 2009 at 18:55



  5. 5 Alan Scott
    31 July 2009 at 19:19

    I’ve been watching Obama tv, MSNBC. The Democrats are going to go after the blue dogs during the recess. In their commercials they are trotting out the victims that they usually reserve for Republicans.

  6. 6 Alan Scott
    1 August 2009 at 18:50

    I’ve posted this on NYD. It’s about the hypocrisy of those in Congress not being willing to opt in to the same crappy public health care they want the rest of us to use.


    “H. RES 615 – Health Care Resolution


    “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.”

  7. 8 DJ
    3 August 2009 at 16:18

    WHAT! Make our Representatives and Senators use the same single payer plan the common folk will have to use? Are you insane? They NEED better health care than us so they can continue to solve all the problems of our once great nation, they NEED to remain healthy so they can think clearly and provide all us peasants with what we need to survive. If they used the same plan we will be forced to use, great men like Senator Byrd may be be required to have end of life counseling, WE CAN”T HAVE A SITTING SENATOR OF THE STATURE OF ROBERT K. BYRD THINKING ABOUT DEATH! That would be counter productive! Sheesh, it ain’t rocket science!

    /sarcasm off

  8. 9 Alan Scott
    7 August 2009 at 13:00

    If Senators had to use Obama-care, would the “lion of the Senate” Senator Edward Kennedy be alive today?

  9. 10 DJ
    8 August 2009 at 00:15


    Probably not. If Zeke Emanuel was involved in the decision, he wouldn’t stand a chance either.

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