Thursday, October 24, 2013

What happens when healthcare evolves from a privilege to a right

According to the President, his goal is to make health care more than just a privilege — he wants it to be a right for all. - Red Alert Politics

...But the right to health care opens up Pandora’s box in terms of what the government does and does not need to provide to its citizens....

“If health care is a constitutional right, then everything associated with good health would fall into the civil rights category. So your entire environment, house, food, clothing, transportation, mental health would all have to be paid for by the state if you could not afford it,” O’Reilly said during his “Talking Points Memo” segment. “That’s a form of communism because no country could afford those payments without seizing the assets of everybody else. It’s impossible.”

America is a long way from communism, but O’Reilly raises an important point. If health care becomes a fundamental right granted by the U.S. government, what’s next?