‘The Human Right of Healthcare’
According to liberals, you are being denied your rights unless the government gives you everything you want for free:
“ I think universal healthcare is the only ethical course of action and that we should honor the agreements we made in the [United Nations Declaration on Human Rights] and concede that we are systemically denying the human right of healthcare to millions of our own citizens every day.”
What shall we say in reply to this? Are we bound less by our own Constitution than by some U.N. document issued in 1948? And how is it that Americans are “denying” this alleged right to a greater extent than, for example, Russia or Indonesia? How much healthcare do the governments of Venezuela or Somalia provide to their citizens?
Never mind these questions, says the liberal, we must “stand up and demand healthcare as a human right and not allow it to be treated like a fucking market commodity.” Except of course, she doesn’t expect to be paying the bill. Nor does she expect to have her own source of employment taken over and regulated by government bureaucrats, which is what “healthcare as a human right” would mean for every doctor, nurse, X-ray technician and employee in any field connected to healthcare. Central planning will be the order of the day in medicine. This will put an end to innovation and efficiency and everything else we gain from the competitive influence of private enterprise in the field of healthcare. Yet how is it that, despite every government intervention — Medicare, Medicaid, various state and federal regulations and, most recently, ObamaCare — no “reform” in the field of healthcare is ever enough to satisfy liberals? Why is it, with all that the taxpayers now do to provide healthcare to those who cannot afford it, our liberal friends accuse Americans of being selfish cheapskates? We are violating human rights — just like Eichmann! — if we don’t “demand” a government takeover of healthcare.
Who is going to pay for all this? The Congressional Budget Office informs me that the federal government will rack up a $544 billion deficit this year. That’s “billion,” with a B — $544,000,000,000 — which is an awful lot of money. Does our liberal friend have $544,000,000,000 stashed somewhere in her house that she’d be willing to spend to ensure that we do not deny the “human right” to healthcare? Probably she doesn’t have the full $544 billion, but how much would she be willing to chip in? (Don’t look at me. I’m broke. Besides, I’m not the one calling people Nazis for failing to provide free healthcare.) Well, we cann’t expect much in the way of practical thinking from a radical feminist who likes to quote Professor Marilyn Frye, but someone has to think about this stuff. As a nation, we are $14 trillion in debt — that’s “trillion” with a T, as in $14,000,000,000,000 — which is a lot of money, and this debt is growing by more than $5 trillion every 10 years, so that by the time my 2-year-old grandson graduates from college, we’ll owe $25 trillion or so.
Well, you’re a Nazi if you think pharmaceutical companies should make profits, according to our liberal friend. A drug company raised the price of a product, and for this, the company CEO deserves comparison to Eichmann?
The CEO’s father is a Democrat senator, so I suppose a conservative shouldn’t mind so much that liberals have taken time out from their Trump-is-Hitler rants to call Heather Bresch a Nazi, but my commitment to free enterprise is such that I’m obligated to defend greedy Democrat CEOs, too.
Speaking of greedy CEOs, how much profit is Medium.com’s Evan Williams making from the content we’re providing for free? Liberals don’t seem to care, because the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights didn’t say anything about a right to blogging platforms. And thank God for that, huh?