Senator Rand Paul form Kentucky and Jared Rhoads of the Lucidicus Project both provide excellent explanations for why health care is not a right. Both take the argument to its logical conclusion: any claim of a right to someone else’s property or labor is a claim to a right to enslave.
Senator Paul, speaking before the Senate HELP subcommittee stated:
With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses….You are basically saying you believe in slavery
Healthcare is not a right. A right cannot grant a good or service to one person by imposing an obligation upon another person to provide it. In other words, you can’t declare something a right for one man if it creates a slave out of another.
Health care is an important value, and for some may even be a matter of life or death, but that fact does not justify turning one man into the involuntary means of an other’s ends.