Healthcare is a Good, Not a Right
Political philosopher Richard Weaver famously and correctly
stated that ideas have consequences. Take for example ideas
about rights versus goods. Natural law states that people
have rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A
good is something you work for and earn. It might be a need,
like food, but more "goods" seem to be becoming "rights" in
our culture, and this has troubling consequences. It might
seem harmless enough to decide that people have a right to
things like education, employment, housing or healthcare.
But if we look a little further into the consequences, we
can see that the workings of the community and economy are
thrown wildly off balance when people accept those ideas.
First of all, other people must pay for things like
healthcare. Those people have bills to pay and families to
support, just as you do. If there is a "right" to healthcare,
you must force the providers of those goods, or others, to
Obviously, if healthcare providers were suddenly considered
outright slaves to healthcare consumers, our medical schools
would quickly empty. As the government continues to convince
us that healthcare is a right instead of a good, it also
very generously agrees to step in as middle man. Politicians
can be very good at making it sound as if healthcare will be
free for everybody. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The administration doesn't want you to think too much about
how hospitals will be funded, or how you will somehow get
something for nothing in the healthcare arena. We are asked
to just trust the politicians. Somehow it will all work out.
Universal Healthcare never quite works out the way the
people are led to believe before implementing it. Citizens
in countries with nationalized healthcare never would have
accepted this system had they known upfront about the
rationing of care and the long lines.
As bureaucrats take over medicine, costs go up and quality
goes down because doctors spend more and more of their time
on paperwork and less time helping patients. As costs
skyrocket, as they always do when inefficient bureaucrats
take the reins, government will need to confiscate more and
more money from an already foundering economy to somehow pay
the bills. As we have seen many times, the more money and
power that government has, the more power it will abuse. The
frightening aspect of all this is that cutting costs, which
they will inevitably do, could very well mean denying vital
services. And since participation will be mandatory, no
legal alternatives will be available.
The government will be paying the bills, forcing doctors and
hospitals to dance more and more to the government's tune.
Having to subject our health to this bureaucratic insanity
and mismanagement is possibly the biggest danger we face.
The great irony is that in turning the good of healthcare
into a right, your life and liberty are put in jeopardy.
Instead of further removing healthcare from the market, we
should return to a true free market in healthcare, one that
empowers individuals, not bureaucrats, with control of
healthcare dollars. My bill HR 1495 the Comprehensive
Healthcare Reform Act provides tax credits and medical
savings accounts designed to do just that.