Your “Right” to Health Care

The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights

A new survey finds that 80 percent of U.S. adults face unemployment and near-poverty; “Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57595861/80-percent-of-u.s-adults-face-near-poverty-unemployment-survey-finds/

During his weekly address on August 17, President Obama announced that in his professional opinion the Obama Care law – a law that just about everyone in the country including the unions are back peddling form as fast as they can… a law that threatens to collapse about 16% of the economy – isn’t a privilege – it’s a right!

“… in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right.  And we’re going to keep it that way.”

These are his words.  Here’s the entire address posted by the White House…

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/17/weekly-address-working-implement-affordable-care-act

… and this from a Constitutional Law Professor!

The President himself is attempting to delay the implementation of major portions of this law because it is poorly constructed, and many portions simply will not work, but also to please his pet constituents and his political allies.

Of course this statement by our President is totally false.  Our “rights” are quite specific and are detained in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the amendments to that Constitution – currently 27 in all.

But hey, maybe we should have another amendment that does guarantee adequate, affordable health care to all Americans.  Sounds great right?

What about adding in a few other new rights while we’re at it.  Rights like…

The right to three square meals a day.  No one in America should have to go to bed hungry.

The right to a college education.  If everyone had a college education wouldn’t our economy really take off?

How about the right to safe streets and freedom from being the victim of crime?  Obviously a basic right.  No one would question that.

Man this stuff is great!  Lots of great new rights!  Lots of stuff guaranteed by the Federal Government!  All paid for by your tax dollars!

Still with me?  Here’s a few more great “rights” ideas for your consideration:

How about the right to a decent “living wage?”  Right now that’s about $2,000 take home pay a month, or about $28,000/year considering taxes.  That’s about $14/hour assuming somewhere around 15% for various taxes.  The state of Washington is currently at $9.19/hour and the city of Seattle is considering raising the minimum wage to $15/hour!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/seattle-efforts-to-raise-minimum-wage-to-15-attracting-attention/2013/08/19/92165cc0-08a2-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html

What about the right to a cell phone and a car – after all you can’t really have a decent job without a car and a cell phone, right?

The right to a computer with Internet access.  How can anyone expect to keep up with world affairs without a decent computer connected to the Internet?

The right to quality clothing – supports your job and your life in general, right?  Not talking about Nike signature clothing here, just the basic stuff, but nonetheless this shouldn’t this be a right for every American?

The right to your own home.  Isn’t it pretty unfair to ask so many Americans to live in apartments?  Currently only 65% of Americans own their own homes.  Can’t we really do better than that?  Let’s make that a right too!

They’d all be really great rights!  Man, we’d really have a dramatically improved America with all those new rights, right?

OK.  So now we’ve “fundamentally transformed America” into a real paradise, right?  315 million Americans and growing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrefKCaV8m4

But who pays for all of this?  Will it be the 46% of Americans (145 million) that don’t pay any Federal income tax at all?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/09/18/who-doesnt-pay-taxes-in-charts/

Will it be the nearly 47 million Americans drawing food stamps?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/07/11/the-fight-over-food-stamps-explained/

Will it be the roughly 7.5% of America – 23 million Americans – that are currently unemployed?

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/unemployment-rate

Will it be the roughly additional 7.5% of Americans – another 23 million – that are underemployed?

Now let’s look just a bit further.  Let’s look at the way this bozo of a President we have manages on the one hand to invent new rights for Americans and yet  somehow justifies in his mind the trashing your…

1st Amendment where your right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press are found.  This administration is already embroiled in a scandal involving the illegal collection of protected communications from members of the press.

2nd Amendment where your right to keep and bear arms are codified.  I don’t think I need to go into detail here about how Obama would just rather that you not have that particular right.

And of course your 4th Amendment rights which prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.  The Obama administration – and to be fair – a healthy number of legislators on both sides of the aisle are perfectly comfortable with seizing and sifting through your phone calls, text messages and e-mails.

The bottom line is that it would be fantastic if we could somehow provide everything for every American, freeing us all to pursue lofty goals of improving Humanity… and sitting around smoking pot and playing X-Box, but we simply cannot afford it!

What the hell happened to doing well in school (this from a high school dropout, by the way), getting a good job, working hard, paying attention to how you spend your money and not pissing it away, staying off of drugs and alcohol, avoiding consorting with criminals, and seeing your condition improving over time?

Hell, I was a financial basket case till I was well into my 30s, but eventually, over time, my financial and material condition slowly improved.  What I am I did for myself – on my own.  I busted my freakin ass all my life.  I endured hardships many of you can only imagine… and I am not alone in this.

Most successful Americans have had a hard road in their lives.  That, my friends, is the American Way – not sitting around waiting for a handout, or waiting for the minimum wage to be raised to the point where you can survive.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), French political thinker and historian best known for his book “Democracy in America” said…

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

He also said…

“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

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