Friday, July 6, 2012

Occupy Wall Street talking gibberish about healthcare

The Act is nothing more than a half trillion dollar theft for the health insurance industry. That it benefits big business does not make it a “free market” solution. It’s just more welfare, of the corporate variety, that libertarians oppose like any other forcible redistribution of wealth.

The gibberish comes in when Occupy argues for its solution. Proposing “Medicare for All,” a single-payer healthcare system 100% operated by the government, Occupy makes this statement.

“We believe that healthcare is a human right, not a commodity or a luxury for those who can afford it.”

Gibberish. Why? Let’s think for a moment about what this statement really means. To do that, we’re going to have to define the words used in the statement. The first one is “healthcare.”

What is healthcare? There is one answer to that question that is impossible to refute.

Healthcare is the labor of other people.

When a patient sees a doctor, they are purchasing a product. The product is the doctor’s labor. It is not only the skills and experience that the doctor brings to the exam room. It’s also his time. It’s a portion of his life that he is giving up to try to solve whatever ails the patient.

To claim a right to healthcare is to claim a right to some part of the healthcare provider’s life.

Something cannot be a 'right' that requires someone else to provide it. -