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.