Healthcare isn’t a “right”

I originally posted this to Facebook two years ago, I should have put it here then. So for this Independence Day weekend I’m reposting this as a reminder of how the governments at all levels in our nation have stripped us of our freedom that our soldiers, sailors, and airmen have previously fought so gallantly for.

This may be a bit long winded, bear with me and read it all before dismissing it or arguing against it please.

Healthcare isn’t a right, therefore birth control is not a right assuming that birth control is indeed healthcare.

Religious freedom is a right.

How many of you actually know the difference between what is and isn’t a right in our nation? Have you ever read the entire text of the Declaration of Independence (grants the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness), or the U.S. Constitution which didn’t define any rights until the first 10 amendments were passed and became known as the Bill of Rights.

Nowhere in any of these texts does it say anything about healthcare. I even made a point of reading the last 17 amendments to see if maybe someone in our countries past had thought it should become a right. Guess what, not there. 27 amendments to our nation’s Constitution and not a single mention of healthcare being a right.

In point of fact, healthcare in our nation is according to the Supreme Court of the United States is a tax. It just so happens to be a tax that is paid directly to private companies (corporate welfare at its finest I’d say). Now the problem here is that the Constitution gives the Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;” something that isn’t being done with the current healthcare law.

Now what we have in the previous paragraph is a quote from Section 8 of the Constitution which references the “general welfare of the United States.” Taken in context this isn’t health care for the people, but actually the financial health of our nation. It is however the closest thing I could find to the health of anything in the Constitution.

Now to the health care argument over birth control. Yes I believe birth control is a good thing as I’ve stated previously, and I certainly believe that birth control pills should be available over the counter as it was FDA approved in 1957.

Now it gets tricky, the pill was created by a partnership of Margaret Sanger (de facto founder of Planned Parenthood) and Endocrinologist Gregory Pincus (inventor of the test tube rabbit) financed by Katherine McCormick (heiress, biologist, women’s rights activist). We all know the Big Pharma is making money off the pill, and certainly doesn’t want to stop making money off of it. What we don’t know is how much money is PP making off the pill and therefore at the expense of women’s rights that they proclaim to hold in such high esteem. They would certainly look more honorable if they at least pushed the FDA to approve over the counter sales, after all it has been legally prescribed for 57 years. Most new drugs today are available over the counter within 10 years unless really major side effects show up.


National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, No. 11-393, SCotUS

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