The “right” to free health care is the right to own the labor of other people without their consent.
Any time you’ve got a right TO something like that you take the rights of other people to their own selves and their own freedom away.
The libertarian idea, as I understand it, is that your rights end where they intersect another person. I have a right to “pursue happiness” to make my way in the world, to worship my own God, to feed myself, to supply my physical and other needs, rights to my own body and self-determination, rights to my own property, rights to employ violence to defend my rights (which is pretty much a good way to define what is a right and what is *not*)… just up *until* I intersect another human being. I may not take someone else’s food nor compel their labor nor sacrifice them to my God nor otherwise violate *their* rights in the pursuit of my own.
We could argue til judgment day over the extent to which this may be followed in the “real world” but it does illustrate something about the deterioration of the understanding of “rights.” We call things “rights” that are in no way rights at all and don’t understand anymore that a separate thing called “rights” even exist.
The “right” to access to medical care without having to pay for it doesn’t exist. A law is in place that allows it, (as hospitals and emergency rooms may not refuse care), but it is not a right.
Compare this to the right to bear arms, which so many people hedge about or outright deny.
The right to self-defense and to arm one’s self to the effective level of technology and to commit violence on other people (or your government, something our founding fathers saw as a moral imperative) in order to secure the RIGHT to life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness… that is not malleable. It’s not *limitable*. It exists no matter what the laws are in place in any culture in the world.
We may CHOOSE to provide a level of health care and medical attention to those who can not pay. It *ought* to be entirely voluntary, but we do have a representative process and collectively we have decided that hospitals should not knowingly turn away anyone who is ill.
This is a choice of those paying, NOT a right that those who seek care they can not afford are entitled to compel.
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