Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Is health care a right or privilege?

Is health care a right or a privilege? Your answer depends on what you believe the role of government to be. Do you think the government should care for you from cradle to grave or simply secure your freedom to do for yourself?

The Declaration of Independence states in the preamble "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Why is this important in this discussion? Because that statement was the first time that a government recognized that rights came not from government, but from a creator.

So, if you think health care is a right, find a religion that states that. No one is guaranteed anything by our government except equal opportunity. It's not their job! What has happened over the last century, is somewhere along the way, people have decided that the government should take care of them. Traditionally, the churches, or communities would help their neighbors in need. For some reason, the emphasis shifted to the government to collect and distribute, as they see fit.

I have stated in the past that we must take care of those who cannot take of themselves. It is simply a duty of being human. Having humanity. When people lived in communities, and knew their neighbors, helping was not seen as burden. These were you friends. However, to force others to pay for people they do not know, nor will ever meet, only breeds resentment.

The reliance on government, has in my opinion, allowed the fracture of these communities and families. They are no longer seen as viable options, because why go there when the government will give it for free, no stings attached?

"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association--the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it." -- Thomas Jefferson: Note in Tracy's "Political Economy," 1816.

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