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A "Right" to Welfare???

[COMMENT:  This piece below came in an email on the failure of "single payer" health care in Massachusetts, and expresses (for me) a new thought (or better, rephrases what I already knew).  We must be careful about that to which we say we have a right.  No one has a "right" to someone else's productivity.  God does indeed put an obligation on the wealthy to share their wealth, but neither I nor anyone else can claim that wealth as my personal right.  That is partly because charity is a freewill gift, not a legally enforceable (coercible) obligation.   

The key phrase is "Rights are freedoms of action (such as the right to free speech), not automatic claims on goods and services that must be produced by another."   This view supports the Biblical principle of Equal Opportunity, not the socialist principle of Equal Results.    We live by the grace of God, and to some extent, by the grace of each other.    E. Fox]

 

"Mr. Obama's plan is based on the faulty premise that the government should guarantee a "right" to healthcare. But healthcare is not a 'right.' Rights are freedoms of action (such as the right to free speech), not automatic claims on goods and services that must be produced by another. There is no such thing as a right to a car or a tonsillectomy."

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Date Posted -  10/02/2009   -   Date Last Edited - 09/15/2012