- - Monday, July 10, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It seems a day does not go by without liberal Democrats proclaiming everyone has a “right” to health care. Their vitriol runs on high octane anytime a proposal is made to bring about a more market-based, patient-friendly system. Changes, they always claim, infringe on this “right.”

Well, I’ve searched high and low, reread the Constitution, Bill of Rights and all 17 ratified amendments, and for the life of me have been unable to find where this right to health care is mentioned. There’s a lot about taxes and voting, searches, trials, even alcohol. But not only is health care not mentioned, it’s not even vaguely referenced.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there does exist some “right” to health care. Does that imply that if an individual can’t afford health care, someone else must provide it for them? If that’s the case, I’d argue that, since our Second Amendment clearly states I have a right to keep and bear arms, if I want a want a new rifle but cannot afford it, I can expect the taxpayers to purchase it for me. After all, it’s my right, right?

If this sounds ridiculous, to these leftists, then they can cease claiming a phantom right to health care, too. It’s their call.

RANDALL STEPHENS

Falls Church, Va.

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