Bernie Sanders for instance says this all the time. “The U.S. is the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee healthcare for all as a right.”
Healthcare of course is not a right, it is a commodity or a service. Take the right to free speech for instance. No one needs to produce free speech in order for you to have it, you simply have the right to free speech. Healthcare on the other hand, whether drugs, or hospitals, needs to be produced by doctors or other healthcare professionals. So healthcare is definitely not a right. So why does Bernie and others use this rhetoric when talking about healthcare, or other commodities or services that they desire? Lets think back to the right to free speech again. When you hear that the right to free speech is being denied somewhere, you automatically understand that some sort of injustice is being done. Bernie wants you to have the same emotional response when thinking about healthcare, if someone doesn’t have healthcare, that means that something unjust is being done, and you should feel bad or guilty. You see guilt is the leftists stock and trade, and the inducing of guilt is their only means of self perpetuation. If the public is not kept under a stream of demeaning accusations, we might look around and put an end of all this unnecessary self guilt.
However, if we drop the emotional rhetoric, what Bernie is really saying, is that the U.S. does not guarantee healthcare to everybody as a matter of law. This of course immediately reminds me of a scene from Tommy Boy, where a car parts buyer wants Tommy to put a guarantee on the box’s of his car products, because all the other manufactures have one. Before I tell you Tommy’s brilliant response that gets him the sale, lets look around the world at countries which do have this so called guarantee.
This is a Venezuela hospital. In Venezuela healthcare is a guaranteed right. Does this look guaranteed to you?
These are Canadian wait times for common surgical procedures. I don’t want to exaggerate the seriousness of these wait times, but some people do die waiting for their guarantee.
These are the 5 year survival rates for various cancers. How good is a guarantee for getting healthcare, if the healthcare you get is sub par?
Which takes us back to Tommy Boy’s brilliant response. Tommy asked the question, why do they put a fancy guarantee on the box? We should similarity ask, why do they want to put a fancy guarantee on healthcare? It is because they want us to feel all warm and toasty inside. However, all they are really selling us, is a guaranteed piece of shit. Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will, I got spare time. But for now, for your sake, for your family’s sake, you might want to think about buying some quality healthcare in the US.
Healthcare in the U.S. of course is only partially free. Government has ruined healthcare in the U.S. long before Obamacare, but this is for another time.