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President Obama is set to convene a summit on reforming healthcare Thursday, and some Republicans are already taking shots. Rep. Zach Wamp (Rep-Tenn) told MSNBC's Tamron Hall that Obama's proposed healthcare plans would be a "fast march to socialism", and that he believes that healthcare is not a right because many choose not to have insurance.
"This is almost class warfare in order for him to be able to say everyone now has health care. Listen, healthcare is a privilege," said Wamp.
The MSNBC anchor was almost taken aback by the "privilege" remark and asked Wamp to explain. "If you have cancer right now do you see it as a privilege to get some treatment?"
Along with other documents, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, signed by all nations seeking UN membership in 1948, including the US, contains the following article: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
Originally posted by passenger
A true right is one that can be exercised without diminishing another person’s right. For example, my freedom of religious expression does not prevent another from exercising their right to choose their religion. That is a true exercise of a right.
America does not guarantee a life free from hardship, deprivation or want. Our founding fathers were wise enough to understand that. They only sought out to ensure that no one would limit your ability to succeed. They never promised that you would never fail. The idea of free health care goes against every principal the United States was founded upon.
Originally posted by skeptic1
reply to post by wolf241e
Healthcare is not a right. It never has been.
I honestly don't know where the sense of entitlement in this country has come from....
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
So how does socialized healthcare come into this? Well to provide a "right to healthcare", the government would have to tax other people. Taxes take away money from others, therefore infringing their natural property rights.
Originally posted by skeptic1 Healthcare is not a right. It never has been.
I honestly don't know where the sense of entitlement in this country has come from...It is sad that so many now feel entitled to things that prior generations have worked hard to earn and afford.
Originally posted by skeptic1
The prices are outrageous, true. Due to a chronic illness, I see how crazy things are on my bills.
But, it is not the government's job or responsibility to provide healthcare to everyone just because prices are high. They already manage Medicare and Medicaid and we see how screwed up they are.
It is not a right. People are not entitled to anything from the government. It is not their job to prop people up and take care of them and provide form them from cradle to grave.