Healthcare as a Right is Wrong

In a magic world, "we the people" could make healthcare a "right". But why stop there? Why not make DVD players, color TVs, and Nike sneakers "rights" also? But nearly everybody already has DVD players, color TVs, and Nike sneakers, so making these "rights" seems pointless. And hey, wait a minute: how did nearly everybody get these things, and at such high quality, without our beloved government "ensuring universal access"? By getting out of the way of free citizens exchanging goods and services amoungst themselves.

So what about healthcare? Can the same process which has so successfully universalized other consumer goods do the same for healthcare?


Nadir said...

Paul, for a so-called root doctor to compare health to dvd players and tv sets is blasphemous. It is a violation of the Hippocratic oath you never took.

You're diminishing the value of human health and life, bringing it to the level of a cheaply made commodity that can be fashioned by foreign workers for pennies.

This must be why you support the carnage in Iraq. Anyone who believes human life and health are no more valuable than a pair of sneakers made in a sweatshop certainly doesn't care about dying civilians or American troops.

Paul Hue said...

So what do you propose, Nadir? Declaring "universal healthcare" as a "right", resulting in less healthcare for fewer people than under capitalism, and then just complaining about how you wish we lived in a magical world?

Should we make music a right"? I should have a right to have people play music for me.

Paul Hue said...


How are you going to force people to enter the medical profession? To invent and manufacture the medical products that people want?

If capitalism can put a reliable dvd player in nearly every American's home, then perhaps it do the same for more Americans than can socialism/guaranteed health, whatever you want to call it.

Paul Hue said...


Capitalism to the rescue. Third World countries embracing capitalist principles are surpassing US healthcare -- which ain't 100% capitalistic -- to the point of attracting US patients for lower cost / higher quality.