I am not a heartless person. I feel very deeply for those who do not have health insurance. I have close family members who owe thousands of dollars to hospitals because they did not have insurance when they needed care. I know there are problems with health care–that it is artificially expensive and that quality is declining. But that does not change the fact that it is not a right.
Specific rights that all men have are declared in the Declaration of Independence: the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights list those rights in a more specific form. None of those state that we have a right to health care. The right to life is the right to live your life, the right to own your labor and choose to use your time in ways that you feel are in pursuit of happiness.
Since you have the right to own your labor, everyone else in the country has a right to theirs. That includes family practitioners, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies. They spent time and money learning how to do what they do–and lots of it. They were long and difficult hours with high levels of liability. We do not have a right to their labor. Period. If we did we should call it what it is: slavery.
The current health care bill that is being stampeded through Congress would declare health care as a basic human right (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090715/D99EO8BO0.html.) So much for the thirteenth amendment: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” (emphasis added).