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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/9/2010  12:33 PM
Author:  ziggy29 Number:  533355 of 876089

When advocates of "free" government health care simply state that a prosperous and compassionate society should want to provide for all of its people as a humanitarian basis for it, at least that's a matter of opinion.

When they say "health care is a right," I tune them out as they are blatantly wrong. A "right" is something people can exercise without taking the life, limb, liberty or property of others against their consent. Since "free" health care requires taking the tax money of others whether they want to participate in or contribute to such a program, I would contend it can't be a right.

Jefferson once referred to right to religious freedom as something which, when exercised by others, "neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." Using that test, "free" government health care falls well short.

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