MEMO To The Supreme Court : HealthCare Is Not A RightSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 13:39
MEMO To The Supreme Court : HealthCare Is Not A Right
By Richard M. Salsman
One need only read the legal briefs or hear the oral arguments made before the U.S. Supreme Court last week on the constitutionality of just one provision in the 2700-page ObamaCare law (the mandate to buy health insurance) to recognize that both sides blithely assume that “health care is a right.” The law itself and many of the Justices also assume it. Thus most everyone in this alleged “debate” is merely quibbling over how much the rights of health care providers will be violated – for that’s what a mythical “right to health care” entails.
In fact, health care is not a right. It’s a valuable service provided by intelligent, hard-working professionals with years of painstaking education and training, people who, like other Americans, deserve equal protection under law, people who, like other Americans, have a right to their own life, liberty, property and the pursuit of their own happiness. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, drug-makers, and health insurers are no more “servants” of the masses, or even of those in need of health care, than are businessmen, bankers, teachers, journalists, or truck drivers servants of those who need their services. If you want to pay for the services of health care providers, simply do so; if you can’t afford it, try to negotiate a discount, or pay by installments, or get private charity; but you have no “right” to take from health care providers what they’re not willing to supply.
Notice how everyone claims to have “standing” in the ObamaCare case, a genuine interest or right at stake, yet nowhere found “standing” at court are the producers of health care – the doctors, nurses, hospitals, researchers, drug-makers, or health insurers. They are presumed to owe a “noble” and selfless duty (i.e., their time, talent, income and profits) to patients; they are not at liberty to work on their own terms, but only on those dictated by demagogic politicians, or decreed by power-lusting regulators, or demanded by needy patients. The producers are to be mere means to the ends of others. Consumers allegedly have a “right” to what health care providers provide, a “right” to say what’ll be provided, when, and at what price.