Hate to say it, but it’s true. In addition to everything John David Lewis argues, I’ll add the following: I was at a speech Antonin Scalia gave when I was a first-year in law school, and he mentioned that in the past, if people did not like a particular fact of life, event, or circumstance, the common reaction would be “there oughta be a law against that.” Nowadays, they claim “that’s unconstitutional!” Justice Scalia might have mentioned that if people are deprived of a certain thing, they now claim that they have a right to it. That the so-called “right” has to be pulled out of a hat, doesn’t matter much to them.
Would life be better if we all had a right to health care? Possibly, though we would certainly have to pay through the nose to ensure that the right was worth having in the first place. But if we are going to claim that there is a right to health care, then we ought to actually do the heavy lifting and enshrine it as law via a general act of legislation, or Constitutional amendment.
Otherwise, claiming that there is a right to health care is sort of like claiming that the tooth fairy exists, no?
UPDATE: Apparently, my pet peeve is the pet peeve of others as well.