Healthcare, no doubt, is a sensitive subject, but the scrutiny that the Right receives for being against universal healthcare is absolutely unwarranted.
For example, a few weeks ago I delivered an oral report for class on the failures of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I cited objective facts such as rising premiums, reduced access to coverage, and even theorized that the individual mandate infringed on individual liberty. Despite my informational report, the first question I was asked in the Q&A was, “Do you hate poor people?”
The question undoubtedly set the tone for the rest of the Q&A. Afterwards, I was confronted with emotionally-charged questions that were designed not to incite healthy debate and discussion, but to demonize me. I am far from the only person that has had an experience like this, and one would certainly be ignorant to overlook why. The fact of the matter is that leftists believe in a false morality and illogical “truths” which lead to the conclusion that everyone in opposition to them is irrevocably evil. If only leftist ideas are refuted, then the push for universal healthcare can be obstructed.
That said, below is a list of the well-known arguments that leftists love to use, along with some details revealing their fallacies.
1. Healthcare is a human right.
Firstly, a right is something one can do autonomously; an individual does not need the cooperation of another to exercise a right. That is why the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (private property) are rights everyone can exercise freely and without consequence. Therefore, to truly determine if one has a right, we must ponder as to whether or not said right can be exercised autonomously. With this logic, we come to the conclusion that healthcare simply is not a right.
In reality, healthcare is a service that one willingly chooses to give to those in need of it. The reason why services cannot be rights is because it morally justifies slavery. In our nation guided by common law constitutionalism, crimes are committed when rights are violated. Thus, if healthcare and other services were rights, it would be punishable if any of these services were to be denied. When a nation begins to prosecute people who do not work for the whim of everyone else, slavery becomes legal. Prior to the American Civil War, Africans were whipped or punished in some other severe manner when they refused to work. Granted, punishment would not go to those levels today, but in principle what would be the difference?
Some may object to my claims and assert that police officers and firefighters are a right of the people, healthcare ought to be as well. Once again, this argument is fallacious. I do not have a right to the police, and if I did, I would be able to have some on staff with me at all times. The same goes for firefighters. Ultimately, police officers are not there to satisfy my right, but to enforce the law and stop criminals from infringing on my actual rights. Firefighters are present to protect people from danger, yet, I still do not have a right to call them up to serve me whenever I want.
2. Health insurance is expensive.
This is another fallacy-riddled argument. This reasoning maintains that if I walked into any store and found something I wanted to buy but could not afford, then my call to have it provided by government would be credible. Rarely does anyone, even poor people, make claims that everything they cannot afford become a government-provided product. What makes health insurance any different?
3. Without health insurance, people will die!
True, however people already pay for other services necessary for life? As a matter of fact, food is a necessity to life, yet virtually no one has any qualms about paying for it. In addition, water, another necessity, is something Americans willingly pay for. Furthermore, one would be hard-pressed to find any food or water company that is currently trying to malevolently take advantage of a human being’s natural need for these products. On the contrary, food and water have mainly been left up to the free market and it has resulted in higher qualities, increased supply, and competitive prices. Evidently, the free market has proved to do a much better job at providing necessities than the government.
4. Universal healthcare works fine in other countries.
It depends on how one is defining “fine.” Statistically, Canada and the U.K.’s healthcare systems dominate the charts in terms of waiting times. To make matters worse, a very sick individual could not even pay for a private provider to skip the long and sometimes deadly lines. Even if one were to point to Sweden as a superlative example, you would run into the inordinately high taxes that support the system. Unfortunately, the taxes that are characteristic of universal healthcare systems are not even paid for by the wealthy or the corporations, but by the average citizen.
5. But don’t you at least care for your fellow man?
I do, but it is not compassionate or moral to steal from one’s earnings to do a good deed. If a moral society is what you want, then let it be a free society. In other words, it is morally good that employers provide insurance for their employees, it is good that we can voluntarily donate to the Children’s Hospital, and it was good that prior to government health insurance, private hospitals were more willing to provide charity healthcare for the less fortunate. When conservatives talk about doing good, we actually mean business and getting active, yet we are still seen as evil and bigoted. Ironically, all a leftist has to do to seem moral is give a five minute praise of Obamacare.
6. You just hate the poor!
No, I just hate your arguments.
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