Healthcare Is A Service, Not A Right…
Under the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, practices such as healthcare are considered a service not a right. One has a right to seek and offer services but one doesn’t have a right to force others to give them services or purchase services. People providing services have the right to charge whatever they want. And they have the right to decide for themselves who they are going to service and not service, for whatever reason they choose and without having to give a reason. It’s their body. It’s their skills. It’s their practices and services. No one has the right to force another to live for them. One has the right to live but cannot force another to live for them, or to stabilize their life for them. One cannot take another’s life against another’s will, but one cannot be forced to save another’s life against one’s will. One cannot violate another’s rights when one is simply exercising one’s rights. And one cannot have a right that violates another’s rights. These are some of the most basic simple principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that never change throughout the space time continuum. These principles will forever be applicable and never be outdated under any circumstances.
When we compare our true rights with the proposed right to healthcare. The dispute is now relatively simple to solve for one who values Liberty and Freedom and understands what that truly means. Some argue that in a nation as wealthy as ours, it is ridiculous not to have healthcare mandated to everyone. But no matter how noble the cause, if it does not pass the criterion of basic human rights, then there must be another way, without violating the basic principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Their argument may be motivated and or rationalized as, healthcare being a right, but healthcare, unlike true rights, is not unalienable and is not a right at all. It is subject to economics, the goodwill and disposition of mankind, and even legislators, but healthcare is a good not a right.
There may very well be a moral responsibility of a doctor or healthcare providers to provide services for those in need, but this responsibility does not make healthcare a right or an entitlement. It is ultimately up to the one providing services to determine who they offer their services to and for how much. It is not a basic human right any more than owning a home, owning property, or having any other available commodity that is so easily alienable from humanity. True rights, are not commodities. They are inseparable from our natures. They are a gift to us to choose our course and pursue our happiness. They are not the happiness in and of themselves, but rather the opportunity to seek and/or pursue. You have a right to pursue and offer healthcare, but healthcare is not a right.
When individuals like Bernie Sanders preach about how immoral it is for health insurance providers to not cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, they never talk about how immoral it is for someone to wait until they get sick and/or a terminal illness before they get health insurance. It’s irresponsible for an individual to not get health insurance until after they get sick. It’s one’s responsibility to get health insurance voluntarily before one gets sick in case one does get sick at a later date. And if one does not, then they are responsible for the consequences. If one already has health insurance and then gets sick, it’s immoral and should be illegal for one’s health insurance provider to kick one off their insurance plan or unjustifiably raise their rates from their prior contract. But never forget, healthcare is not a right. The government’s role is to legislate laws geared towards preserving people’s Liberties and Rights including enforcing contracts if necessary, but it is not their role to legislate morality.
It’s one’s Liberty to decide if one wants to be a part of societies conventional medical system or not. It is one’s Liberty to decide if they’d rather pursue naturopathic and homeopathic medical approaches and physicians that practice naturopathic and homeopathic medicine, or to choose to be part of societies conventional medical system.
My personal view is that conventional medicine is brilliant when it comes to emergency situations involving surgery, which is why I prefer to choose to have a health insurance plan that specifically covers that, as opposed to a broad-based health insurance plan that is required of me so as to subsidize others under an unconstitutional federal law. However, when it comes to maintaining overall health of my body, I prefer naturopathic or homeopathic medical approaches, which is why I make particular health decisions in my life like eating healthy, supplementing and exercising, as well as choosing to pay into health insurance savings accounts that apply towards naturopathic and homeopathic medical approaches, as opposed to the unconstitutional mandate that requires me to be a part of conventional medicine, that in essence requires me to subsidize other people’s poor health and life style decisions, as well as other things that have nothing to do with my health.
If you believe in the conventional medical system that’s fine, you have always had health insurance plans that are covered under that system, and if you want more coverage you pay more. But don’t force someone like me to buy a broad-based insurance plan, because I do not believe in that system overall. Other than emergency situations like surgery, or for a broken arm, or things of that nature.
It is my Liberty to not believe in that system and to not be a part of it and/or choose minimal coverage in that system. Anyone that would not give one the Liberty to have choices between medical systems and/or a wide range of health insurance plans, is against Liberty and is an authoritarian. In my view, that is anti-American and tyrannical. And not to mention, it diverts resources and attention away from alternative medicines and medical approaches. I personally will not stand for it.
– Michael Vincent –
Alot of the concepts and writings from this article were heavily influenced and taken from an excellent article by Jacob G. Hornberger, ‘No One Has a Right To Healthcare.’… https://www.fff.org/2016/02/03/no-one-has-a-right-to-health-care/
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