Back on June 25 of this year, I wrote a post titled “Why is Health Care Considered a Right? Someone Please Explain.” Even though my Google stats show over 600 unique visitors at least hit that page since the day it was posted, not one single person commented on my post. Not one single person responded to ANY of the very explicit questions I posed or even left a comment.
But yesterday, Dr. Nick van Terheyden tweeted that my post was a “Great piece on the challenge of *all* healthcare being considered a right.
Thank you Dr. Terheydan for helping raise awareness to my post.Great piece on the challenge of *all* #HealthCare being Considered a Right? by @ShimCode http://t.co/rUMbfMp280— Nick van Terheyden (@drnic1) October 17, 2015
Is it an All or Nothing Proposition?
I got to thinking: Are ‘healthcare rights’ an all or nothing proposition? Absent the benefit of an explicit contract, can your 'right to healthcare' be met by getting just a little healthcare? Do you really have 'rights to healthcare' if you get a diagnosis but not treatment? Should the Department of Justice get involved if some person or entity balks or refuses to pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on new drugs or treatment that may or may not "cure" you or markedly improve your quality of life?
As I asked in the very first question in my original post:
1. What are the limitations as to medical and other services that must be provided to support this right?
So once again, I ask all those who nobly scream “Healthcare is a right!” - just what does that mean? Or is saying that healthcare is a right just another one of those platonic catchphrases meant to make people feel good - best suited for a poster waved back and forth at a rally for who knows what? Or is "healthcare is a right" one of those refrains from the left intended to call out those who challenge excess, waste and imprudent government programs?
Who's Really Trying to Help Here?
I ask anyone reading this post, please tell me why healthcare is a right. Answer one of my questions, I don’t think you can. I mean c’mon! At least leave me a nasty anonymous comment. Comments are not moderated. And unless you really, really, really cross the line, I won’t delete your comment.