Healthcare is not a right

Healthcare is not a right

Ben Shapiro is an American laywer and Conservative Rupublican who lives in America.

Discuss:

1. Do you think healthcare is a right?

2. Why does Ben Shapiro doesn´t think it´s a right?

3. What do you think about his position on healthcare?


Transcript (up to 2.06)

On Sunday Senator Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to deliver one of his usual messages: “People go to the doctor because they're sick, get a diagnosis from their doctor, but they can't afford the treatment,  he wrote.  How crazy is that?” So I responded snarkily; “I go to a fancy store to check out a piece of furniture and I can't afford it, totally crazy.” This of course prompted spasms of apoplexy on the left: how could I dare to compare medical care and furniture? Was I equating the two? Was I suggesting that the necessity of furniture was somehow comparable to the necessity of medical care? Of course not because that would be stupid. I was pointing out that medical care is a commodity and that in life we are often faced with commodities we cannot afford. But this mere observation caused a ruckus on the left necessities don't compare to luxuries said one angry tweeter, bless characters like Ben Shapiro for demonstrating the complete soullessness of capitalist ideology, tweeted another. The idea here seems to be that unless you declare medical care a right rather than a commodity, you´re soulless. That as Marx might put it as a necessity rather than autonomy creates rights. This is foolish, both morally and practically. Morally, you have no right to mandate medical care of me. I may recognize your necessity, I may offer charity, my friends and I may choose to band together and fund your medical care but your necessity does not change the basic math. Medical care is a service and a good provided by a third party. No matter how much I need bread, I do not have a right to steal your wallet or hold up the local bakery to obtain it. Theft may end up being the least immoral choice under the circumstances, that doesn't make it a moral choice or suggests that I have not violated your rights in pursuing my own needs. But the left thinks that declaring necessities rights somehow overcomes the individual rights of others. If you're sick, you now have the right to demand that my wife, who is a doctor care for you. Is there any limit to this right? Do you have the right to demand that the medical system provide life-saving care forever to the tunes of millions of dollars of other people's taxpayer dollars or services? How exactly can there be such a right without the government rationing care or using compulsion to force individuals to provide it or confiscating mass sums of wealth to pay for it the answer? Nope, don´t work that way. Rights that derive from individual need inevitably violate individual autonomy. 


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