No Right to Health Care at the Expense of Others
By David Holcberg (San Jose Mercury News, February 14, 2007)
Plans to mandate universal health insurance are based on the premise that it is right to force some people to pay for the health care of others. People who can't afford medical care should rely on private charity, not demand government coercion of doctors, hospitals and income earners. Claims that such coercion is necessary to make medical care more affordable are exactly wrong. It is the legacy of the government's decision to provide "free" medical care through Medicare that has caused medical care costs to skyrocket. If politicians want to help the uninsured and everyone else, they should deregulate the health care industry and begin establishing a free market in medicine.