Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul recently offered some insight into the ongoing health care debate taking place in Washington, D.C., and across the country.
During an episode of his online show, “The Ron Paul Liberty Report,” the former congressman and physician argued that Americans do not have a “right” to health care.
“Most people think that if you have a right to medical care, the government will give it to me,” he said. “And they never ask the question: ‘Where does government get it?’”
“It’s usually taken away from the middle class and poor people through future debt,” Paul answered, reasoning that because medical care was essentially being provided by “taking away” the fruits of other people’s labor, it could not be a “right.”
Strictly interpreting the definition of a “right,” Paul noted that it was something that we get naturally — meaning it does not come from the government and, importantly, cannot be taken away from us by the government, either.
“If you assume that the government can provide this right to medical care, that means government can also take that right away or regulate it,” Paul noted.
What we do have a “right” to is our life, our liberty and the fruits of our own labor.
But for people who don’t want to take responsibility for their own lives and who want things for free, it’s much easier just to declare that something is a “right” so the government will provide it for them.
“If you have a right to it, you don’t have to worry about it,” Paul said.
It is this widespread, misinformed belief that has led to the problems with the medical care system for many years, he added.
Watch Paul’s comments here:
He’s exactly right. No “right” to health care coverage exists under the Constitution, as much as freeloaders insist that it does.
Not only is providing medical care beyond the scope of the government’s role, but common-sense Americans should take Paul’s advice seriously, because a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.
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