I recently read a dissertation by a young man who was asserting his conviction that we have a right to medical care. My first impulse was to respond to him with all my objections but, after a lot of thought, I decided that he is entirely right.
He repeatedly stated that we have a right to medical care and I am not denying that but not once did he say where that right came from. Is it a God-given right? He did not say. Is it a right that was granted by an act of congress? Again he did not explain. So, I have no way of knowing how we came to have that right but there can be no doubt that we have it.
In his lengthy discussion he didn’t say anything about free medical care but nowhere in his argument did he suggest that anyone should have to pay for their own care and I am sure that he is right. After all, if we had to contribute to our own health care, we might not have enough cash or credit left to have a smart phone or an i-pod. Contributing to our own healthcare could deprive us of our right to have satellite TV or beer. After all we have a constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and beer makes me happy. Maybe I could buy a four-wheeler with that money and I could pursue a lot of other things too.
One of his stronger points is that government provides a lot of other things so why shouldn’t  it provide health care? I have to admit that I was confused by his example of free education. All of those young people who are struggling to pay off student loans must have misunderstood something. But, aside from that, I have to agree that we are getting a lot of things free so why not make it a full plate and make everything free? Yes, by all means, we have a right to free healthcare, free birth control, free drug rehabilitation, free marijuana, and freedom to buy beer with free food stamps. After all, the government has lots of money and can always get more.
Also, government is so good at handling huge programs that it is the logical choice for managing universal healthcare. For example, look at the expert job our government has done regarding Social Security. That fund began as a trust fund that grew steadily until it there was so much money in the fund that we were told that it would never run short. Some of the excess was even buying government bonds to assist in funding the government. Somewhere between 1963 and 1969 the president brilliantly decided that he could balance his budget by including the Social Security fund in the general fund. Other government agencies immediately began dipping into the Social Security fund for extra cash and soon rectified that ridiculous notion of having a fund that was more than adequate. Consequently, the Social Security fund is chronically on the verge of bankruptcy like all government agencies are supposed to be. If you consider that and the mess that medicare is in, you can readily see that the Federal government is the logical choice to manage all such programs.
If some of you are thinking I am being cavalier considering that our government is sixteen trillion dollars in debt, have no fear! All we have to do is tax those wealthy people.

About authorjim

I grew up in the country near a small Montana town, I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical an electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 82, I have recently published my fourth noveland it is available from me or from the pulisher or book distributor.
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One Response to WE HAVE RIGHTS!!!!

  1. bldodson says:

    An interesting point “rights,”
    Who has the right to give rights? The government? The king? God given?
    The whole rights thing is philosophical twaddle in my opinion. It’s like jazz, sounds good, means nothing.
    Health care and education are a much better deal here in Sweden, but income tax is over 30%,


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