Health care is not a right; it’s a service

By Tyler Grimes |
Photo by Phil Sunkel

We’ve all heard President Obama say he thinks health care should be a right for every American. I don’t think the government should be in the business of mandating the purchase of any good or service.

So what’s next? Will swimming pools, cars and house cleaners be “rights?” No, but like health insurance, they would improve our lives. If you cannot afford something, it is not the government’s responsibility to provide it.

The current health care system takes care of the poor. If you do not have insurance and you are poor, hospitals are legally required to treat you.

Look at it from a different angle. According to, the average cost of medical school costs $22,199 to $39,964 per year, which doesn’t include the average $18,000 in other expenses. So, if you are a medical student, you are facing anywhere from $40,000 to almost $60,000 every year for four years, and that’s not even including four years of undergraduate study.

After medical school students graduate, they’re at least $100,000 in debt. But that’s not all. According to Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, med students must pay medical malpractice insurance, which costs anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000 a year. Thanks to the Democrats, the government may now tell doctors how much they can make per patient. So, as the government always does, it will begin to cut costs. To do that it will eventually have to cut services.

Soon quantity of life will be more important than quality of life in determining procedures. Sorry Grandma, no new hip for you this year, you are on your way out anyway.

Don’t believe me? The average wait time for a surgical procedure in Canada is more than 18 weeks. Damn you, Fox News and your right-wing lies, correct? Wrong. This was reported in an online article in the Canadian Press. Here is the link: Wait times for Surgery in Canada at All-time High

I don’t know about you, but I do not want to wait more than 3 months to get my tonsils taken out or my broken leg fixed. If I can afford it, I should be able to get it when I want it. This is America. I believe Obama has forgotten that.

I think we should remind him in 2012 with one of our real rights.

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