Do we have a right to healthcare?
Do we even think of the same thing when we talk about healthcare? Seriously, what is healthcare? Is it the care of one’s health or do we mean insurance and payment for medical attention? If by healthcare you mean the right to seek medical attention and to care for one’s health, then yes, we do have that right. It’s constitutionally guaranteed.
If by healthcare you mean having someone else (the government) pay for your medical care, then no, you do not have that right. No one in the United States of America has such a “right.”
Health insurance began in this country when a hospital offered it as a benefit to its employees and their families. Other businesses picked up on it and now that benefit has become so ingrained in our society that many have come to feel it is part and parcel with medical treatment. It is a benefit employees have worked for, paid into, and earned. No one gives it to them.
For those who are unemployed or underemployed, the lack of health insurance equates to a lack of access to the same level of medical care that those with health insurance have. It does not mean the denial of treatment. If a person does not pay for their medical care or have the benefit provided by an employer, they do not have the “right” or expectation of the same level of care as that of someone who has earned that privilege.
There are those in Congress and elsewhere who would argue my reasoning as barbaric. I argue that it is fair. These are the same people who want to forgive all student loan debt and make higher education free for everyone. That is also an enormous mistake – one this country cannot afford. Someone (taxpayers – you and me) would have to pay that bill. If you haven’t noticed, we’re already so far in debt that it is doubtful the United States will ever recover economically.
As of this writing, the United States was $22 trillion in debt. That’s much higher than our Gross Domestic Product of just over $19 trillion. It’s unsustainable and growing rapidly.
I’m not an economist, but I’m smart enough to know that if you follow after the socialist fairy tale agendas of some in Congress, in order to provide free higher education and free health insurance (Medicaid for all), it would both increase taxes to an unbearable level for all citizens and increase our national debt at a much faster rate.
If you think the economic calamities of places like Greece and Venezuela are bad, just wait! If the Bernie Sanders’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Elizabeth Warren’s of this world have their way, our country will collapse. Their feel-good ideologies have no lick of economic reality to them. They keep saying they’ll tax the rich and corporations to pay for it all.
Here’s a clue: If you own a house and a car and work for a company – they’re coming after you to foot the bill. You are what they call “rich.”
All these chicken-in-every-pot promises come with a very high price. In addition to the economic side, take a look at the social side. First, by offering free health insurance, you teach people to be irresponsible with their health because someone else will pay the doctor’s bill. When it comes to healthcare, an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure, but nobody wants to deal with the ounce as long as the tab is picked up for the cure. Unfortunately, none of the hogs at the congressional trough see it that way.
If you forgive student loans, you teach financial irresponsibility. People need to feel the pain in order to learn from their mistakes (and yes, going into massive debt for a college education can be a mistake). People need to learn that in this age of instant gratification that the best things in life are not free, nor are they instant. They take hard work and perseverance.
This is a lesson lost on many people – especially those that want to arbitrarily double the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It sounds like a nice thing to do for those struggling to get by with minimum wage jobs, but it will have a greater negative affect on everyone when prices on goods and services skyrocket to accommodate the higher wages.
Additionally, I don’t see anyone offering to double my salary to compensate. I spent more than 30 years climbing the ladder to get where I am and on a politician’s whim I could be slammed back into an income class at or below the poverty level. I don’t see that as fair or just. I agree that the minimum wage should be raised, but not doubled.
What we’re seeing is a growing number of lazy, complacent, entitled people who will rally behind these socialist extremists because they want free stuff and are afraid of two four-letter words: time and work.
You’ve got to put in the time and do the work to get ahead because the government cannot and should not do it for you.