Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

Is Health Care a Right or a Privilege?

This question comes up in just about every heated health care debate, and the Democratic Party attempts to take the moral high ground when they claim that of course, health care is a right!  But is health care really a right?  No, it’s not.  Philosophically, a right cannot be a right, if it impinges upon the rights of others.  I’ve not seen this explained more clearly than in the following statement made by Dr.  Michael Hurd:

“You certainly have a right to accept charity, and anyone has a right to offer it. But the right to offer or accept charity does not mean there’s a right to provide charity. “Charity” and force are a contradiction in terms. If you have a right to force another to provide your health care because of your right to life, then you have the right to raid somebody’s refrigerator because of a right to life. One is as absurd as the other, only a right to the skills of a medical practitioner is even more absurd, because of the years of incredible effort that went into learning those skills.”

Perhaps it sounds callous to say outright that there is no right to health care.  But we cannot turn our back on our forefathers’ definition of our real rights; the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  These rights require nothing of our neighbors, other than:

  • The obligation for them to leave you alone, while you exercise these rights.
  • The obligation not to take away any progress you’ve made towards achieving life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (your money that you’ve earned, your property that you’ve acquired)

On the contrary, it’s immoral to claim a right to heath care, for that means the person who provides heath care to you must then be your slave.  Before you claim your right to healthcare, think carefully about how this might affect others around you who must then pay for and provide that care to you.  Do you really have that right, or is it more proper to say you have the right to earn money to trade for healthcare in a free market? That you have the obligation to live a healthy life, to the best of your ability?  That you have the heart to provide charity to those in need?

Think about it!  Only when we have our priorities straight will we ever be able to fix our broken health care system.  When we understand what our REAL rights are, then we will know what needs to be done to make health care affordable.

Iberogast for Stomach Issues and IBS

I’m one of those people with stomach issues, and I always thought I had researched the internet to death on the subject of heartburn.  I’ve tried all sorts of “remedies”, but none of them really work.  Some supplements, I’ve found are helpful, but still, I haven’t quite found the one thing, other than medication, that provides long-term relief.  I don’t want anything to do with surgery, but now we are finding out that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), like Nexium and Prilosec, and even H2 blockers, like Zantac (ranitidine) is basically really bad for you (surprise, surprise!).  Terrible side effects, such as depression, arthritis and osteoporosis could (or maybe it’s more accurate to say WILL) result from using antacid medication regularly!

What’s a person to do?  While watching the diet helps, it doesn’t always prevent heartburn, and sleeping on a wedge is helpful, but not the most comfortable!

I now have a new product to try called Iberogast.  My doctor suggested it, so I’m going to give it a shot.  The ingredients are herbal, and include:

  • Bitter CandyTuft
  • Angelica
  • Chamomile
  • Caraway
  • St Mary’s Thistle
  • Lemon Balm
  • Peppermint
  • Greater Celandine
  • Liquorice
    It’s supposed to be good for all sorts of digestive problems, including heartburn and IBS, and the price seems reasonable in comparison to the cost of prescription and OTC heartburn medications, so I’m open to trying it.  I’ll report the results after a few weeks!