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Subject:  Is health care a right? Date:  10/9/2010  11:05 AM
Author:  MadCapitalist Number:  533343 of 876429

People on the left (and some on the right) claim that health care is a right. Think of the implications of this assertion. Let's suppose that no one was willing to be doctors, nurses, etc. If receiving health care is a right, then we have the right to force others to provide us with health care. You don't want to be a doctor? Too bad! I have a right!

The idea that health care is a right is equivalent to the idea that the enslavement of others is a right.

The fact is that we don't have a right to anything that must be provided by others.

Leonard Peikoff hit the nail on the head:
"...all legitimate rights have one thing in common: they are rights to action, not to rewards from other people."
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