Barack Obama tweeted:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 19, 2013
Health care is not a right.
Shock! Horror! I know. But let’s think it through logically for a moment.
Individuals have a right to Liberty. I presume my dear reader would not challenge me on that self-evident truth.
It follows that individuals have a right to the fruits of their labor.
The idea of health care as a “right” is irreconcilable with the right to the fruits of one’s own labor and with the right to Liberty.
Are doctors our slaves that they should provide their services to us for free, without compensation for their labor? Certainly not! They have a right to the fruits of their labor like anyone else, and deserve to be compensated for the services they provide.
Or are our neighbors our slaves, that we may confiscate the fruits of their labor in order to have the means to compensate our doctors for their services? Certainly not, for this violates the same principle of the individual’s right to Liberty.
Therefore, there is no such thing as a “right” to health care.