No ‘right’ to other peo­ple’s money

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - RAN­DALL STEPHENS Falls Church, Vir­ginia

It seems a day does not go by with­out lib­eral Democrats pro­claim­ing every­one has a “right” to health care. Their vit­riol runs on high oc­tane any­time a pro­posal is made to bring about a more mar­ket-based, pa­tient-friendly sys­tem. Changes, they al­ways claim, in­fringe on this “right.”

Well, I’ve searched high and low, reread the Con­sti­tu­tion, Bill of Rights and all 17 rat­i­fied amend­ments, and for the life of me have been un­able to find where this right to health care is men­tioned. There’s a lot about taxes and vot­ing, searches, tri­als, even al­co­hol. But not only is health care not men­tioned, it’s not even vaguely ref­er­enced.

For ar­gu­ment’s sake, let’s say there does ex­ist some “right” to health care. Does that im­ply that if an in­di­vid­ual can’t af­ford health care, some­one else must pro­vide it for them? If that’s the case, I’d ar­gue that, since our Sec­ond Amend­ment clearly states I have a right to keep and bear arms, if I want a want a new ri­fle but can­not af­ford it, I can ex­pect the tax­pay­ers to pur­chase it for me. After all, it’s my right, right?

If this sounds ridicu­lous, to these left­ists, then they can cease claim­ing a phan­tom right to health care, too. It’s their call.

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