Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Time to couch health-care issue in morality

I sent the following letter to the editors at the Wall Stree Journal today after seeing yet another editorial by them on the utilitarian necessity of no public health insurance.

The Journal has thus far been brilliant and befuddling in its columns and editorials on the public health-care issue.

It has been brilliant in its utilitarian explanations of how any government intervention will be economically disastrous. But it has been befuddling in its ubiquitous silence on the morality issue – wherein lies the only true long-term defense of private health insurance – or any private business activity.

The short term on health insurance is lost to the confiscators, as the Journal hints at in its July 9 editorial. Government interference is a fait accompli. So now is the time to place the debate squarely where it morally belongs: individual rights. Humans in America have the right to run their own lives unequivocally, which includes health-care workers, health insurers and patients. There is no right to health care or health insurance any more than there is a right to car care or car insurance – or strawberries, for that matter.

If we Americans are to win our rights to our lives, we (including the Journal) must immediately begin couching the health-insurance debate (and all similar debates) in the words of Ayn Rand. We can begin with her comments on rights:

“A ‘right’ is a moral principal defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context. There is only one fundamental right … a right to a man’s own life. … It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.”

Yes, there is that favorite Obama administration word: coercion. Let’s begin stamping it out now. Our children will surely thank us.

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