Why ‘Healthcare’ isn’t a Right

Bernie Sanders, openly socialist candidate for president, has proclaimed that healthcare is a right. That shows a misunderstanding of the concept of rights.

If something is a natural/God-given right, people just naturally have that right until some government-type entity curtails it. Take freedom of speech. Now imagine a band of early humans. Those humans, to the extent they have language, just naturally are able to express their opinions freely. But at some point a bully-boy takes charge of the tribe. He may decide to punish the tribe members who express objections to Bully-Boy being tribe leader. Government— in the form of tribe leader Bully-Boy— has taken away part of the freedom of speech right the tribe members naturally had.

The same goes for freedom of religion. Before Bully-Boy came along, our tribe worshiped God by making offerings of grain and meat at a altar. But Bully-Boy’s number one follower has heard of a new kind of religion where the medicine man/priest leads a worship of Moloch that includes temple prostitution and human sacrifice of babies. Bully-Boy decides that Moloch-worship is the new official religion of the tribe. Everyone in the tribe must participate in Moloch-worship, and no other kind of worship is allowed. The natural freedom of religion has been taken away from the tribe by Bully-Boy’s government.

Now think for a moment about health care. It requires doctors and nurses, clinics and hospitals, and all sorts of machines to produce x-rays and CAT scans and assist in surgeries. All of these things cost money. No one has a natural right to get these  expensive services for free. SOMEONE has to pay for these things. And so health care is not a natural right.

To make health care over into a right, some big government entity has to exist that can compel these doctors and nurses to serve those who can’t pay the full cost. In Medicaid, government pays a reduced amount to get the very poor some medical care— but many medical practices don’t accept Medicaid patients because those reduced payments don’t cover enough of the cost.

Obamacare, by arranging something of a¬†Gleichschaltung¬†of those providing medical services, gets some medical facilities to accept more poor patients. The ultimate goal is a ‘single payer’ system, and under the principles that Obama seems to be promoting, no medical clinic or hospital likely will be able to refuse to give out abortion or abortifacient-contraceptive pills, to perform surgical abortions or gender-reassignment surgeries, and all must follow government rules whether those rules help the patients or not.

You can see that health care, rather than being a natural right, is limited to those who can pay the cost or find a helpful charity, at least until heavy-handed programs are put in place. And even then there is always some ‘better’ health care reserved for the elite— whether that’s the much-advertised ‘Cancer Treatment of America’ centers, or the Soviet Union’s special clinics for high party leadership only.

So don’t let anyone fool you when they offer you new ‘rights’ that are not natural rights. SOMEONE will have to pay for these new government-provided rights. It will probably be YOU.

Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack was Different

JesuisCharlieThe Islamist terror attack on the offices of the French ‘satire’ magazine Charlie Hebdo is a step forward for Islamist domination of Western countries.

Previously Islamist terror attacks in the West were rather random in their choice of victims. They killed airplane passengers and people in the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Other attacks targeted people riding trains or at train stations, and people at the Boston Marathon.

But in the Charlie Hebdo case, they targeted a publication that had published cartoons that offended them. In fairness I must point out that I saw a number of Charlie Hebdo cartoons searching for an illustration for this blog post and I saw a lot of material from Charlie Hebdo that any objective observer must admit was disrespectful and in some cases hateful toward Muslims. (Other material had nasty stuff aimed at Jews and Christians.)

Not only did they target this publication, but they managed to kill targets that were responsible for the content of the magazine rather than a bunch of random secretaries.

This is a frightening phenomenon. In Muslim-majority countries of course the Islamists have been able to terrorize the press and make it unlikely that things offensive to the Islamists will get published. But in the West, they haven’t been able to really put the fear into the press and public. When publications in the West have refused to reprint cartoons of Mohammed, they have been more worried about inciting riots in the Muslim world and protests in the West. But now there will be a concern for the very lives of those who offend the Islamists with their words.

There is a Christian television show I used to watch. Their broadcasts go around the world. I remember more than once they told the story of a Muslim person who saw their show’s international version and gave their lives over to Christ. Both Islamists and most ordinary Muslims would be offended by that. In most Muslim countries there are ‘apostasy’ laws which make it illegal for a Muslim (or the child of Muslims) to convert to another religion.

What happens if Islamists make threats, or carry out threats, against Christian ministries who preach to Muslims and point out the flaws in the Muslim world-view? I predict that many ministries will change the content of their programming out of fear. It’s possible also that cable and satellite television companies will refuse to carry the programming of anyone who puts out material that offends Muslims. And that would be a frightening thing. We NEED to have information about Islam in today’s world, and we especially need the kind of information that the Islamists don’t want us to have.

I don’t dislike Muslims. They are children of God. They worship the God of Abraham as we do, and they accept Jesus Christ as a prophet even though they reject Him as the Son of God. Many Muslims in their devotion to the five pillars of Islam, which includes daily prayers and charitable works, can serve as inspiration to Christians.

But I don’t want to see a world where no one dares to say anything that Muslims might not like, while hateful speech against Jews and Christians remains socially acceptable and widely available.

The concept of free speech has been expanded to include the right to publish and promote porn, which was not the original intention. What was intended was that there should be a free exchange of ideas, even if some people were offended. The new phase of Islamist terror is a threat to that form of free speech. We need to fight that.