There Is No Right To Health Care

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 3, 2009

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.

  • Rich_Rostrom

    There is a legend (wholly fictitious) that when Moslems conquered Egypt, their leader was shown the great library of Alexandria. And he said “All wisdom can be found in the Koran. If these books agree with the Koran, they are redundant. If they disagree with the Koran, they are heretical. Burn them all.”

    It sometimes appears that people nowadays have that regard for the ConstitutionL it contains or implies all wisdom. If any rule or policy is good, it is required by the Constitution; if any rule or policy is bad, it is prohibited by the Constitution. Legislation, apparently, is not needed.

  • Rich_Rostrom

    There is a legend (wholly fictitious) that when Moslems conquered Egypt, their leader was shown the great library of Alexandria. And he said “All wisdom can be found in the Koran. If these books agree with the Koran, they are redundant. If they disagree with the Koran, they are heretical. Burn them all.”

    It sometimes appears that people nowadays have that regard for the ConstitutionL it contains or implies all wisdom. If any rule or policy is good, it is required by the Constitution; if any rule or policy is bad, it is prohibited by the Constitution. Legislation, apparently, is not needed.

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