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Health care is a right, not a gift

The big debate on Capitol Hill, and in coffee shops and other establishments all across the country today is the government-run health care plan proposed by President Barack Obama. One of the strongest arguments for the plan is that health care is a right for American citizens.
That’s absolutely true; health care is a right. But what is a right, exactly?
We have a right to free speech, but that doesn’t mean the government should provide us air-time on television or space in a newspaper.
We have a right to bear arms, but the government shouldn’t provide everyone with a Remington shotgun.
We have a right to own a house, but the government shouldn’t provide us a place to live.
No, a right, as best as I’ve heard it defined, is something the government cannot take away from its citizens.
The government did, in fact, try to house anyone and everyone regardless of their financial stability beginning more than three decades ago with the Jimmy Carter administration.
And we now see the crushing blow that struck the nation’s economy. This was the government’s answer to the plight that everyone should own a home.
The same likely result will occur if Congress allows government to create a similar answer to the health care issue.
Remember, the government creates zero wealth; it only collects. At the current rate, there won’t be enough wealth in the country to pay for the debt piling up for future taxpayers.
Most people realize medical care is too expensive, but the answer should start with the out-of-control legal action against doctors and medical practitioners. It shouldn’t start with a government-run program that will limit, if not totally eliminate, health options for individuals, regardless of how many times President Obama says, ‘If you like the plan you have, then you can keep it.’
Well, Mr. President, just how will employees be able to keep the plan they have if their employer opts for the public plan?
Congress decided to hold off on the vote for the plan until after the August recess. Good thing. The more information brought to light and debate on the plan the better.
Congress hastily pushed through the stimulus bill, and the results, so far, are minimal, in a best-case scenario.
At least this time around, it seems, legislators will be smart enough to read the bill and maybe think twice before committing Americans to another multi-trillion-dollar plan.