Last updated on: 3/16/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

David Kelley, PhD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of the Atlas Society
Position:
Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“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, objectivistcenter.org (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
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, Princeton University, 1975
  • BA, MA, Philosophy, Brown University, 1971
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?