As you might have of heard, the narrative that “healthcare is a right” is front and center again. During the question phase of the recently held 2017 Miss USA Pageant, Washington D.C. representative (and ultimately, winner of this year’s crown), Kelly McCullough was asked if healthcare was a “right” or a “privilege.”
The gorgeous, talented, accomplished and brilliant McCullough (who happens to be a physical scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission) stated that it was “definitely a privilege.” Of course, being that she represented D.C., the backlash was immediate. Beautiful, smart black women from D.C. are expected to adhere to the liberal Democrat Party ideology and follow the narrative to the letter. Stepping outside these rules is considered traitorous and an unspeakable crime.
She later backtracked due to the pressure. I suppose that she felt it was better to get with the program after a couple of brushes with the “nice career you got there, it would be a shame if it were to somehow burn up in a fire” type innuendos from the powers that be.
The claim that healthcare is a “right” is a classic liberal ploy. Once so labeled and believed, an organic response is simply to provide it. How can you deny anyone their “rights,” after all? Then the distribution of this “right” comes into play since healthcare is a finite resource. So for some, it will be made available free-of-charge, for others, it is subsidized, and for others, so sorry, it’s a right, but one you’ll have to pay for at the full retail price. Government loves to pick winners and losers when determining what they have declared “rights,” you see.
Healthcare is NOT a right. Here is a real litmus test for what a “right” is, (short of the “they come from God and are unalienable” test): Nothing that depends upon someone else’s labor to provide can ever be considered a “Right.”
No person has the right to another person’s labor. Period. We used to call that at worst, slavery, and at best, indentured servitude. In the first ten amendments to our Constitution that make up the Bill of Rights, none require the labor of another. Freedom of speech, to practice one’s religion, to keep and bear arms, not being subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, etc., do not require the labor of another person. The Bill of Rights seems to follow the tenet of leaving one be and not meddling in the affairs of another.
With all this in mind, let’s play out the premise that healthcare is a right. One strident argument is that if healthcare is not considered a right, it will not be provided to those in need and “people will die.” How can you be for people dying?! You cold, heartless evil Republican and conservatives! OK. Fine. Let’s go with that, shall we? Let’s apply the very same premise to our 2nd Amendment.
Unlike healthcare, the right to “keep and bear arms” IS a right. It’s in the Bill of Rights. It’s the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. The Supreme Court has secured it as settled law as well. It is unalienable. And it saves lives every day.
Now suppose you’re a single mother with three children living on the South Side of Chicago. You work two jobs, but you can barely pay your bills. You have no savings. Last week, a neighbor of yours was killed during a violent home invasion. You fear you might be next and know that you have the right to defend yourself and your family as it is laid out in the 2nd Amendment. The problem is, you cannot afford a firearm. You’re a law-abiding citizen with no criminal history and could easily pass a background check, but you simply do not have the money to purchase a gun.
Now, why shouldn’t the government either supply you with or subsidize your acquisition of a firearm? Isn’t it your RIGHT to “keep and bear arms”? If healthcare is a right, but you cannot afford it, the government intervenes with free services or subsidizes the purchase of insurance, right? Not having a firearm could result in death. In some precincts, this is not an unlikely scenario. Wouldn’t it “save lives” if the government were to help and step in to ensure the right to own a firearm?
Of course, while putting forth this premise, the ridiculousness of it becomes apparent. So does the assumption that “healthcare is a right.” It’s not.