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 and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
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