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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/12/2010  12:27 PM
Author:  warrl Number:  533741 of 876035

A public good? Sure? Something a wealthy and compassionate society has a moral obligation to provide for all? Arguable, but defensible. A right? Not even close.

Freedom of speech was not a right until we declared it a right.
Freedom of religion was not a right until we declared it a right.
Continue on down the Bill of Rights...

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are not rights created by the US Constitution.

They are rights that the Constitution recognizes as previously existing.

I'd also be interested in your explanation of how a person didn't have a right to pick up a stick to fight off an attacking wolf with, until we had a document declaring he had that right. Considering that people were making pretty good weapons out of sticks long before they were writing.
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