On the campaign trail in Lewiston, Maine, Hillary Clinton made the following statement:
“I am the only candidate left in this race on either side who is committed to universal health care,” she said. “It is a core value, it is a human right. It is not a privilege.”
Like hell, Hillary.
There can be no such thing as a right to something that necessitates a fiscal obligation on the part of another individual.
How can you have a “right” to free health care? If you have a right to see the doctor free of charge, it means that the doctor has the obligation to work for you free of charge. It means that the doctor is effectively your slave.
Now, I know that the folks who actually support that harebrained “universal health care” scheme will point out that the doctor will, in fact, get paid–with taxpayer money. That, however, doesn’t solve the dilemma of involuntary servitude–it just shifts the burden to someone else. In short, if you have a “right” to free health care, other people have the duty to provide it. Just because you spread the cost among a hundred million people doesn’t mean that this duty goes away, it just gets spread around.
On the subject, I saw a cute bumpersticker today while I was out shopping for groceries. It said:
HILLARY ’08–CIVIL WAR ’09