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December 30, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Communism, Constitution, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Freedom, Health, Illinois, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Rights, Socialism, Society/Culture, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It has come to this. A newspaper in one of America’s biggest cities has so sold out to extremists, left-wing ideology that it has throw logic, facts, and reality to the four winds in order to sell Obama’s socialist healthcare policies. In a recent editorial the Chicago Sun-Times has absurdly determined that healthcare is a “right.” Unfortunately for truth and reality, the Sun-Times is simply wrong.

As we all know, the Senate has been engaging in a debate on Obamacare. But back on June 16 before the lesser light of the Kennedy clan passed away, Senator Edward Kennedy included a bit of foolishness in a statement issued in his role as the Chairman of the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, or the HELP committee.

In that statement we saw the assumption that is popular on the left and one the Sun-Times just echoed, but it is one that should give pause to any liberty loving American. (See pdf file)

“The Council’s report emphasizes the major economic benefit to the nation that will also be
achieved if we make health care a basic right for all. In the current economic crisis, more and more families are being forced to leave their preferred doctors, forgo medication they need, or are even losing their health insurance entirely because their employer can no longer afford a health plan. We can’t afford to miss this chance to give the American people, at long last, the health care they deserve.”

The Sun-Times assumed the same absurd “right” in its December 24 piece headlines, “Good Health Care is a Necessity, Not Luxury.” In that piece, the Sun-Times wrapped up its plaintive plea with this line: “It is a necessity, not a luxury, and should be a right for all Americans.”

Sure, it’s “compassionate” and all to say that healthcare is a “right.” But is it? Can it BE a right? And just what is a “right” anyway?

Simply defined, a right is something that an individual can exercise (as a sovereign individual) without asking anyone’s permission. It also carries the complementary notion that in exercising that right an individual cannot obligate anyone else to participate because to obligate others to act violates their own freedom of action (summarily eliminating their freedom to refuse to act, for instance).

So, how is health care a right? After all, to exercise the “right” to health care you are necessarily obligating a doctor or other health care professional to assist you with their time and training. Therefore to exercise health care as a “right” you are forcing other people to give you care. But, since your “right” to health care forces others to act on your behalf, you are basically violating their rights to refuse to participate.

Then we get to paying for it. If health care is a “right” then you are obligating government to pay for it and by obligating government to pay for it you are necessarily obligating taxpayers to pay for it, negating their right to refuse to participate.

This means that health care cannot be a right.

And this is just one of the many false assumptions that underlie the Democratic Party’s concepts of this health care debate. It is also just one more of the many reasons why conservatives and lovers of liberty and freedom should fight against it.

Finally, it is interesting to me that liberals that want socialized health care are obligating the taxpayers to pay for it, yet they use that same taxpayer’s obligation as a tool against other things. Liberals say, for instance, that schools should not be allowed to teach anything about religion because schools get federal money and taxpayers should not be forced to pay for any curriculum that might promulgate a religion they don’t agree with. On the other hand, liberals don’t want to give any taxpayers the option not to pay for someone else’s liposuction or transgendering operations. Ah, the pretzel logic of the left.

In the final analysis, healthcare just isn’t a right. By its very nature it cannot be. So, let’s stop saying it is.
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“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, RedState.com, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com.

He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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