Aug 16, 2009

John Mackay: Is health care a "right?"

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.

~ John Mackay, co-founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market Inc., "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare," The Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2009

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