Wednesday :: Feb 2, 2011

The Right to be a Freeloader

by Mary

As David Cole writes, the constitutionality of the Health Care act can be boiled down to one point:

But Judge Hudson and Ken Cuccinelli’s misstatements are nonetheless telling. Opposition to health care reform is ultimately not rooted in a conception of state versus federal power. It’s founded instead on an individualistic, libertarian objection to a governmental program that imposes a collective solution to a social problem. While Judge Hudson’s reliance on a distinction between activity and inactivity makes little sense from the standpoint of federal versus state power, it intuitively appeals to the libertarian’s desire to be left alone. But nothing in the Constitution even remotely guarantees a right to be a free rider and to shift the costs of one’s health care to others. So rather than directly claim such a right, the law’s opponents resort to states’ rights.

When Ayn Rand collected Social Security and Medicare, she received more than she gave which in her own words would make anyone else just another parasite on the Galts of the world. Funny how she found that accepting a government benefit was better than dying poor from expensive medical bills.

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