Rand Paul: A Right To Health Care Means Slavery

Here’s a perspective on the notion that everyone has a right to health care: Senator Rand Paul points out that demanding a right to a service like health care means demanding that other people provide you with that service.

And what right do you have to demand that other people provide you with anything?

“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery,” said Paul (R-Ky.), who is an ophthalmologist.

This is spot on, and it’s not just doctors who are enslaved by this sort of thinking. The people you’re asking to pay for or subsidize these services are enslaved too.

“Slavery” is certainly a strong word, but I think it’s the right word when you’re talking about forcing people to provide/pay for services for other people with the force of law.

Rights mean freedoms. Freedoms aren’t forcing people to pay for things for other people. But this is the fundamental difference between conservatism and liberalism, right and left.

Conservatives believe freedom means equality of opportunity, meaning everyone is free to provide for themselves. Liberals believe in equality of outcome, meaning wealth redistribution or whatever else it takes to achieve what they believe is “equality.”

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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