There Is No Right to Health Care
July 23, 2009
Washington, D.C.--President Obama’s health care reform is being driven by the idea that people have a right to health care and health insurance coverage. “This is wrong,” says Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center.
“There can be no such thing as a ‘right’ to products or services created by the effort of others, and this most definitely includes medical products and services. Rights, as our Founding Fathers conceived them, are not claims to economic goods, but to freedoms of action.
“You are free to see a doctor and pay him for his services--no one may forcibly prevent you from doing so. But you do not have a ‘right’ to force the doctor to treat you without charge or to force others to pay for your treatment. The rights of some cannot require the coercion and sacrifice of others.
“A real and lasting solution to our health care problems requires a rejection of the entitlement mentality in favor of a proper conception of rights.”
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