Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Is Health Care a Right?

One of the ways that Democrats justify passing sociaized health care is calling it a Right.But even they say that it "should" be a Right.They don't admit that it's not a right. Yes, there are a few, such as Dennis Kucinich (who just flipped his no vote to a yes vote on Obamacare).

We have a Bill of Rights in this country. Just as a reminder, here they are:

1. Freedom of Religion and Press

2. Right to bear Arms.

3. Soldiers not to be quartered in private homes without permission of the owner.

4. Search and Seizure protections for citizens.

5. Due Process of Law

6. Right to face your accusers and speedy trial.

7. Trial by Jury

8. Protection from cruel and unusual punishment, excessive bail.

9. Other rights not to be infringed on.

10. Powers not delegated are reserved for the States.

Granted, the way I've listed them is very brief. But take a look at the expense of each one of those rights. There is no financial payment required to maintain each of these rights. There has already been a price paid for these rights. The payment was in blood, lives and riches of our ancestors.

These rights come from God. They were incorporated into our Constitution. Nowhere, in those rights does it talk about forcing Americans to buy anything. In the Declaration of Independence it states, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these Righs, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Power from the Consent of the Governed..."

The people, the American citizens, are marching in droves against this health care bill. Yes, the Democrats were elected and likely, rightly so. That does not give the Democrats carte blanche to enact anything they choose. They must still answer to the people. The American citizen. There is an additional portion to the Declaration of Independence that continues on from where I left off in quoting it above. That is, "...that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. "

They saw that a government may become more and more controlling and taking away or infringing on the Rights of its' citizens. When that happens, it's the Right and even responsibility of the Governed to rise up. We saw the years leading up to 2006. The Republicans passed spending bills and the President signed off on them. All one party. They gave no reason for the citizens to vote for them. That led to the Democrats taking over the House and Senate.

In 2008, the people chose Barack Obama as President. Yes, he talked about health care. No, he didn't say during the campaign that he wanted to socialize medicine. Now that he's trying to do exactly that, the people are speaking out and letting the Congress and the President know that they do not want this health care plan.

Yes, the people are for some changes. They want more accessibility to health care. They don't want to be restricted, they want the ability to choose how to get their health care. Obamacare has no choices to it. He says you can keep your health care if you want it, but he tells everyone that insurance companies are evil for daring to make a profit (their profit margin is 2.2%). So he's in effect saying 'you can choose to get your health care from any of these terrible companies that you choose'. He says that you can keep your doctor if you like him. But the New England Journal just published their report saying that if this plan goes through 46.3% of doctors will stop practicing medicine.

Obama trots out people with bad experiences. If there were really that many people getting shafted by the insurance companies, could he really name all of those people? He's cherry picking people that have had a bad experience.

He claims that there is no alternative presented. Yet at the so-called "health care summit" he repeated often that the Republicans have some good ideas and they are incorporated in his plan and has since added a few.

His answer is always government. Think for a moment. When you're offered a raise at work, do you decline it? No. Of course not. If you're not happy with the amount of money you're making you look for ways to make extra money.

So what is an alternative that fits the Rights we are guaranteed by our Constitution. Let's just use one that would go a long way to solving some of the problems. How about allowing insurance companies to sell their products across state lines. If you like your insurance, you can keep it. If you don't like it, there are 1300 companies to choose from. I know you've heard this before, but here's one more thing that hasn't been mentioned much.

If you have the Right to go to any company anywhere in the country to get your health care, your current company is going to want to keep you. Competition. They will do what they can to keep you. They might just lower their profits abit to keep you as their insured client. Or maybe they'll negotiate harder to get prices lower on the things that they cover so they can reduce the costs. Isn't this what unions do? Don't they negotiate for their group to get them the best wages and benefits? Why wouldn't insurance companies do the same if they want to stay in business?

This will also create new jobs. How? Because as health care becomes lower priced due to the competition and trying to retain their customers, others will enter the market. We'll see some newer health insurance companies get into the business of providing assistance with the financial aspects of health insurance. This means more jobs.

Obamacare will force insurance companies out of business. This means a loss of jobs. This means less people insured that will have to turn to the government to get their care. Do you really need proof of this? How about Obama's own example in Ohio two days ago. The woman that had health care, but had to drop it because she couldn't afford it. She didn't show up for Obama's speech because she had to go to the doctor and was diagnosed with Leukemia. If she doesn't have insurance, how can she see a doctor and have those expensive tests to find the leukemia?

Ignoring the people does not make good governance. His election and the Democrats election is still, even after elected, subject to the desire of the governed. That is our Right. It's not paid for with cash, fees, taxes but by the blood, lives and limbs of our ancestors and continues to this day with the sacrifices made in the fight against terrorism.

There are ways to solve the health care problem in this country. Ignoring the will of the Governed is not the way to solve the problem. It's only going to create more.

You're welcome to comment.



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