Mark Cuban is definitely a billionaire investor, but he’s surely no genius, let alone someone with even the faintest idea of how the U.S. Constitution works.
Case in point: According to PJ Media, Cuban was a panelist at a conference last week in Washington on the future of health care in the United States when he made a declaration no conservative would agree with: That the Constitution should be amended to give health care to every American.
“I think health care should be a right,” he said. “If there’s a legitimate way to modify the Constitution, I literally think there should be an amendment to the Constitution for health care for chronic illnesses and serious injury. We all play the genetic lottery.”
If there’s a legitimate way to modify the Constitution? Has he never heard of the Amendments? The Bill of Rights? Prohibition?
In an interview with PJ Media reporter Nicholas Ballasy, Cuban explained his idea.
“I’ve had friends who have had cancer — we’ve all had people who have had severe illnesses and if they didn’t have insurance,” he said at a later point. “In a couple cases, I’ve since paid for them because they didn’t have insurance or enough insurance. I think that’s wrong — that’s a cost we all should share.”
Listen to the interview below:
Where to even begin?
As noted by the conservative and libertarian advocacy group FreedomWorks, “The Declaration of Independence states that we have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That doesn’t mean that other people should be forced to sustain our life or make us happy.”
In fact, according to The Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro, mandating health care as a right, as Cuban desires, would be “foolhardy, both morally and practically.”
“Morally, you have no right to demand medical care of me,” he wrote in an op-ed for National Review earlier this year. “I may recognize your necessity and 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.”
Likewise, the declaration of health care as a right does not necessarily guarantee its provision. As an example, Shapiro pointed to South Africa, where health care is considered a right — and “(y)et the World Health Organization ranks South Africa somewhere near the bottom of the globe in terms of medical care.”
Keep in mind that these are just two arguments against health care as a right. There are others. Perhaps before speaking out like a fool, Cuban would be wise to maybe, I don’t know, Google it?
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