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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/11/2010  8:05 AM
Author:  GardenStateFool Number:  533543 of 749119

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!

I'm failing to comprehend this. ANY service job could be construed the same way. We have drafts for those who do not want to be a soldier in times of war - is that slavery as well? In some ways, I CERTAINLY think so, especially since it may be fully against someone's moral code.

What if no one wanted to be a police officer, a firefighter, a postal worker, etc.?

Due to the extremely loud commentary as of late regarding the firefighters who "allowed" the home of someone who did not pay their bill to burn to the ground, it seems as if quite a few people feel that they would be entitled to firefighting.

What if no one wanted to be a teacher? What if no one wanted to build or maintain any highways or infrastructure? What if, what if, what if???

However, that's not the case. There IS a shortage of nurses out there, and a lot of companies and causes have stepped up to provide scholarships to nursing schools, educate people about the careers, etc. To the best of my knowledge, no one has been drafted into being a medical professional.

Of the arguments out there, this one simply is a lot of noise and fury, signifying nothing, so far as I can see.

GSF
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