Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
"Indeed, it is often said that the need for health care constitutes a right. President Clinton campaigned with the slogan, 'Health care should be a right, not a privilege.'
I can state my own point in a sentence: there is no such right... The idea that people have a right to health care is inimical to our genuine liberties. The policies that flow from that idea are harmful to the interests of doctors and patients alike...
[A] political system that tries to implement a right to health care will necessarily involve: forced transfers of wealth to pay for programs, loss of freedom for health care providers, higher prices and more restricted access by all consumers, a trend toward egalitarianism, and the collectivization of health care. These consequences are not accidental. They follow necessarily from the nature of the alleged right."
"Is There a Right to Health Care?" speech, delivered at multiple venues from 1993-1994, www.objectivistcenter.org (accessed Sep. 28, 2009)
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Executive Director, Atlas Society
Senior Fellow, Objectivist Center, Atlas Society, 2005-present
Member, American Philosophical Association
Founder, Ayn Rand Society
Guest lecturer, Philosophy of Freedom course, University of Arizona, 2003, 2005
Founder and Executive Director, Objectivist Center, Atlas Society, 1990-2004