Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
"With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery...
You’re saying you believe in taking and extracting from another person. Our founding documents were very clear about this. You have a right to pursue happiness but there’s no guarantee of physical comfort. There’s no guarantee of concrete items. In order to give something concrete, you have to take it from someone. So there’s an implied threat of force.
If I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care, do you have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free health care would be. If you believe in a right to health care, you’re believing in basically the use of force to conscript someone to do your bidding."
United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee hearing, "Diverting Non-Urgent Emergency Room Use: Can It Provide Better Care and Lower Costs?," help.senate.gov, May 11, 2011
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:
United States Senator (R-KY), 2011-present
Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Member, US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
Member, US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Member, Senate Tea Party Caucus, 2011-present
Recipient, TIME "100 Most Influential People," 2013
Founder, Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, 1995
Founder, Kentucky Tax Payers United, 1994-2000
Former practicing ophthalmologist, Bowling Green (KY)