“Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter”?
“Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America”.
These “intrinsic” words of superior Libertarian wisdom are from a recent op-ed courtesy of John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Paycheck Foods, the op-ed appeared in; wait for it….. where else but Rupert Murdock’s Propaganda Journal. In it, Mackey masterfully solves the issue of health care reform as well as many of the universe’s unanswered questions.
While Mackey is correct, there is no “right” under our constitution that provides an individuals right to food or healthcare. Does that mean a person who cannot afford food should starve? Or a person who is sick and does not have or cannot afford healthcare should not have treatment? Mackey has clearly stated yes to both.
We should be thankful these days that the air we breathe is not “provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges”, otherwise the GOP and Mackey would try to profit from it. Corporations and special interests driven by people like Mackey should remember it is our ‘intrinsic” right as consumers to demand more of a company that just a product or a service. Without a consumer’s hard earned cash a company’s bottomline is worthless and Mackey seems to have forgotten where his “bread is buttered”. I for one have not and Whole Foods will not receive one more cent from my household due to Mackey’s agenda.