Plano Texas Politics

July 29, 2009

The Battle Against Government Health Care Continues

The government doesn’t have the power or the right to create government health care. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

No where in the Constitution does it give the national government the ability to pay for government health care, thus the national government does not have the authority to create a health care program. Ayn Rand wrote:

“The government of [a free nation] is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of its citizens and has no rights other than the rights delegate to it by the citizens for a specific, delimited task.” (Rand, Collectivized “Rights” pg. 2)

As stated previously the government has not been delegated the right to create government health care and thus it cannot legally create such a system.
Also American citizens do not have a right to get health care. Many say that the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” means that we have a right to health care but such a belief is wrong.

“The right to life does not mean that your neighbors have to feed and clothe you; it means you have the right to earn your food and clothe yourself, if necessary by hard struggle, and that no one can forcibly stop your struggle for these things.” (Peikoff, Health Care Is Not a Right pg. 1)

According to this we have a right to live without interference from those who would seek to harm us, but we do not have a right to be given free handouts. Thus though politicians may try to tell us that health care is a right it is not a right.
Finally, a system so conceived would bring doctors under the control of the government. If the government tries to make health care a right

“[the government] will thereby enslave the providers of the service, wreck the service, and end up depriving the very consumers [the government] is supposed to be helping. To call ‘medical care’ a right will merely enslave the doctors and thus destroy the quality of medical care in this country.” (Peikoff, Health Care is Not a Right, pg. 3)

A program like government health care will enslave the doctors because they will have to operate within the rules set forth by the Affordable Health Choices Act. They will have less resources available to them because they will be rationed out by the government.


1 Comment »

  1. So if someone has multiple sclerosis and no insurance, too bad?
    That’s no kind of answer. It’s theoretical politicking at the expense of humanity.

    There is such a thing as a standard of civilisation and humane treatment of the more disadvantaged in society. The more I read of your politics guys, the more I am forced to conclude that either you simply do not care about people at all, or you do and you know that some of these logical arguments you’re making have some serious flaws but you don’t want to acknoweldge them.

    By the way, the tenth admendment’s purpose is simply to restate the federal nature of the constitution. There are a great many areas of government activity also not specifically provided for in the constitution (such as the Federal Reserve) but they are allowed through just fine. That is because the constitution is a framework for laws and not the laws themselves. It is more accurate to say that the constitution does not *specifically* prohibit a national health service.

    The tenth amendment also does not supercede the Necessary and Proper Clause, which reads: “The Congress shall have Power – To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

    In short, the federal government can make any laws necessary and proper and the states and people have jurisdiction over everything else. So if they want to make a federal health program they are within their constitutional rights to do so.

    Comment by Simon — August 2, 2009 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

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