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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/11/2010  7:11 AM
Author:  CairnDad Number:  533542 of 741926

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.

So a better definition of a right might be protection from government taking away your liberties.
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