Rand Paul on a “Right” to Health Care

by Ryan on May 13, 2011

in Health Care,Politics

I do not believe that one can have a right to health care.  Only if one fundamentally changes their relationship with the government in the direction of tyranny can that occur.  Even so, a “right” is not something a government creates or provides to an individual, it’s something a government must protect.  Do you have the right to use of another’s labor without asking for their direct consent?  Not in a truly free country.  Senator Rand Paul agrees:

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rightonoz May 14, 2011 at 1:18 am

Sorry, guys, we have a right to healthcare down here, and (apart from Labor governments) we are no more in the direction of Tyrrany than the US under a Republican government.

A government can confer on it’s subject a right, in fact as government evolves, so do the rights conferred under that form of government.


Mike May 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

Oz raises an interesting point. In Australia, people have a right to health care, presumably because of a government promise. But what happens if that promise becomes unsustainable due to budgetary constraints? Hypothetically, does the right disappear as the subsidies are taken away? What if the subsidies are phased out over a long period of time?

I suppose an individual could have right to rely on a promise made. On the other hand, a person certainly doesn’t have a right to the fruits of someone else’s labor. Surely, one would not argue that a patient has the right to a doctor’s labor if the doctor isn’t being adequately compensated for the service.

But if right derives from a government promise, especially one that has become ingrained in the culture due to a program’s longevity, what happens if the government never made that promise in the first place, or if it hasn’t been implemented yet?

I guess my question to Oz would be: do you think Americans have a right to health care and if so, what is the source of that right? Is it a natural right or a state-given one?

Not that disclosure is needed among friends, but let the record show that I agree with Ryan on this one.


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