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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/10/2010  10:12 AM
Author:  albaby1 Number:  533430 of 875708

A "right" is something people can exercise without taking the life, limb, liberty or property of others against their consent.

It should be noted that this is not the only possible definition of a right, and indeed is not the definition that is used in American law. For example, one has a right to have a lawyer and a jury trial provided to them in a criminal prosecution - government cannot take away your liberties without giving you both a forum and a certain minimum means to contest the charges. Yet both require picking the pocket of the taxpayer, since neither can be provided for free.

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