Ron Paul - Healthcare is "not a right"

Ron Paul was interviewed on the Tech Ticker about current healthcare legislation.

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As far as the Texas Congressman is concerned, healthcare is not a right. "I don't have a right to medical care," he emphatically states. In his view, the constitution only guarantees citizens "life, liberty and (the right to) keep the fruits of my labor."

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Posted on: July 16, 2009 01:57 PM

If the constitution guarantees citizens something called "life," one can easily argue that health care is indeed a right.

We know through countless studies that individuals with access to health care live longer than those without access to health care. When a hospital, doctor, or insurance company denies a person care because of insurance status, that person will likely suffer consequences not only in their quality of life, but also in their quantity of life. In other words, by denying a person needed medical care, you are denying that person of their most fundamental right, the right to live.

What is also clear is that the current United States health care system categorically denies care. In this case, it is the poor who are denied the right to live because they are poor.

Because the constitution also guarantees people equal protection under the law, aren't we in fact obligated as a country to provide health care to people?

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