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Letter: There’s no God-given right to health care


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From: George Albers

Columbus

I’m baaack! It’s been awhile, and I was getting inured to the governmental depravity all around us. I just recently realized my mistake, a trap of sorts, that those in power want us all to fall into — that with enough time, chaos and deception the public will either be confused into apathy and or too busy to even pay attention anymore. But democracy demands responsibility, and in the face of untrustworthy politicians we need to be diligent, attentive and expressive of our opinions.

Several letters were recently submitted that concerned two issues near and dear to my heart: rights and health care.

Basic human rights are simple to understand. We know that life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are unalienable, God-given from birth and shared by all. No one person has a greater right to these than anyone else, and we all have a responsibility not to trample on others’ rights when we pursue our own. Given our fallibility, our forefathers contrived our constitutional rights to protect our God-given rights from each other.

But recently our leaders have been confusing needs with rights, causing a constitutional crisis and the subsequent mess we are in right now. Nowhere does our Constitution declare that we have the right to food, water, shelter, education, health care, etc. Those are goods that we all need and have the freedom to pursue safely (because of our constitutional rights). They are not rights that should be given away freely by our government.

Judge Napolitano says it best: “When our government taxes us and gives it to someone else, it’s not charity but welfare. When they take more than they need, then it’s theft. And when they force people to provide a service for free (e.g., health care) then it’s slavery. All of these were outlawed a long time ago.”

The new health care law is not a right nor a need. It is a pure political power play that continues this punitive tradition. It does nothing to make health care more affordable, and in time it will be proven to do very little to improve access to health care, all the while bankrupting our nation. It is just a massive social program making our society more dependent upon the government, and I as wrote before, a step closer to a modern-day plantation.

We haven’t forgotten about Benghazi, the NSA, the IRS and the Fast and Furious scandals. Why haven’t we come to any conclusions? Pay attention, people.

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah Winfrey

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