It’s a well-circulated Democrat trope that Republicans and Conservatives are permitting to become public opinion without a fight, and it’s WRONG —
“Health care is a right”.
No. There are no RIGHTS which, in the exercise thereof, force some individuals — who have invested time and money in professional qualifications so that they may make a good living — to give their services away or to sell them for much less than the free market would give them. Nobody has a right to another person’s labor. No matter WHAT kind of labor it is.
You have no RIGHT to have a doctor examine you, any more than the right to have a plumber examine your pipes or an accountant examine your tax papers. The doctor is a professional who earned, with his own effort and investment, a credential which allows him to deliver his services AT THE PRICE HE DECIDES UPON.
He is free, also, to NOT deliver his services if he so chooses.
Government would, in leftist hands, compel a doctor to deliver his services without a choice in the matter, either to whom or where or when or even IF.
Human RIGHTS do not include the rights to goods and services. In fact, we very specifically have the right NOT to be compelled to to do service for others outside our own choice to participate in the exchange.
Being compelled to work and not agreeing to the exchange of value for value, well, folks, that’s SLAVERY. The Constitution’s Bill of Rights is actually a list of things GOVERNMENT is not allowed to do TO you. Nobody has the right to receive value from others for nothing, or for a compelled price that is less than the value given in a free market. That enslaves, or makes a servant of, the provider of the service.
Human rights include the right not to have government force them to deliver their services against their will, be it at a lower price than they want or to people they do not wish to serve, or at a time when they prefer to do other things.
Government compulsion is a key ingredient of slavery. There were LAWS holding slaves in ownership, not just individuals keeping them against their will. It was GOVERNMENT POLICY, in England and in the colonies and in lots of other places in the world for thousands of years. Think “Spartacus”, a slave rebellion two thousand years ago which engaged the entire Roman army to quell it. Government enforced slavery, then and more recently.
Folks, if they can do this to doctors, they can do it to anyone with any qualifications to do anything at all. ANYONE.
The net result of a TOTAL ALTERATION OF THE DEAL for young people going through eight years of medical school at hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition is going to be one thing — A shortage of good doctors.
Knowing the NEW deal, young people who considered a career as doctors will now CHOOSE DIFFERENT CAREERS.
Government can then do one of two things to supply the new shortfall; it can FORCE qualified students to go to medical school and become doctors, or it can IMPORT them from foreign countries with medical schools.
That is what the British did to address their lack of qualified and competent doctors under their government health care system. They imported doctors, primarily from Pakistan but other countries as well. Not a guarantee of poor qualifications, but… wouldn’t you prefer young people from your own society, raised there, educated there, trained there, to become your physicians?
Health care is not a RIGHT. NOTHING is a right which is an imposition upon the life choices of someone else in order to serve you. My rights end where yours begin.
When it comes to government compelling certain individuals to deliver specialized services under full government control, that is less like human rights and more like slavery. You are not your own. You BELONG to government. You do what GOVERNMENT tells you to do, or you get out of the business for which you spent your life training.
In such a public order, people are simply not free.
Human rights are natural rules about what government cannot do TO you. When it begins to try to do too much FOR you, it has to put skilled “indentured servants” to work on the job, because nobody IN government is qualified to palpate you for a colon blockage, or read the lab report on your blood.
Government is filled with people who have never done ANYTHING. They idea that they are in CHARGE OF EVERYTHING is terrifying, and servitude and slavery are the inevitable result.