Health Care Not a “Right” Under Government Monopoly

It used to be, that advocates of government-run health care based their claims on the notion that health care is a “right”. Indeed, when the Benjamin Rush Society hosted a debate on the resolution that “universal health care is the responsibility of the federal government,” one of the speakers in favor of the resolution, Dr. Oliver Fein, represented the Physicians for a National Health Program, (PNHP), which includes the “right” to health care in its mission statement.

(Personally, I enjoy it when I’m speaking publicly on health reform and someone tries to make me look evil by asking: “Do you think that health care is a human right?” My answer is: “Yes, I believe that you have a right to spend your own money on health care of your choice, free of government interference.”)

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