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David Kelley, PhD Biography

Executive Director of the Atlas Society
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, (accessed Sep. 28, 2009)

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
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Cognitive Science, Vasssar College, 2003
  • Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy, Brandeis University, 1989-1990
  • Free-lance writer, editor, and speaker, 1984-1989
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Vassar College, 1975-1984

  • Fellow, Council for Philosophical Studies Institute on Psychology of Mind, Summer 1981
  • PhD, Philosophy, Princeton University, 1975
  • BA, MA, Philosophy, Brown University, 1971
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?