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Obama: Health Insurance a ‘Right’
PJ Media, by Rick Moran

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/17/2013 10:18:17 PM

Good news. President Obama has vastly expanded the concept of “rights” in America by decree. He told a radio audience in his weekly address that health insurance is now a “right” that every American enjoys: Your health insurance isn’t something to play politics with. Our economy isn’t something to play politics with. This isn’t a game. This is about the economic security of millions of families. See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly – states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland – competition and consumer choice are actually making


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 8/17/2013 10:22:37 PM     (No. 9479125)

No it isn´t, & neither is a lot of the other rules, laws & regulations foisted on the American people. The Constitution is the law of the land, & it´s time for our elected officials to start using it to bring our country back to the great nation it is.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: plex, 8/17/2013 10:24:54 PM     (No. 9479126)

What a confused person. A "right" that you are forced to take. That is like saying that income tax is a "right".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/17/2013 10:28:52 PM     (No. 9479128)

First of all, it´s medical insurance, not health insurance, which is, if you think about it, a contradiction in terms. Second, if medical insurance is a right, which doctors´ efforts are we allowed to commandeer to enforce that "right"? The medical community is well on the way to indentured servant status. Pretty soon, most of our doctors will be from Pakistan, give or take a few hundred miles.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Submariner, 8/17/2013 10:47:52 PM     (No. 9479137)

So, if healthcare is a right, which doctor, nurse & technician is forced to deliver that "right"? These people know the difference between rights and legislated entitlements - they know what language they have to use. This fraud of a president is not talking to educated people. He´s talking to the lofos, a swing bloc.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 8/17/2013 10:59:38 PM     (No. 9479141)

Something about Obama isn´t "right". Maybe everything in my opinion.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: uno, 8/17/2013 11:04:44 PM     (No. 9479144)

Bend over! Here comes another "right"!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: suedotsue, 8/17/2013 11:08:32 PM     (No. 9479146)

The GOP is the problem, not Obama. Obama has no opposition. Occasional phony sound bites pretending to oppose him are just for show. In Nov. 2010 we gave the GOP House more than enough people to defund ObamaCare. They wouldn´t even allow the measure to be mentioned on the floor. The GOP loves big gov. as much as dems. do. In 2012 Obama helped the GOP beat the Tea Party. They owe him big time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NMPatriot, 8/17/2013 11:08:37 PM     (No. 9479147)

Dressing up like a comrade Hussein ObaMao rodeo clown is a right. Government forced health care takeover is tyranny. What a freakin imbecilic addlepated moron!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/17/2013 11:19:37 PM     (No. 9479155)

A right you are overcharged for, so that 3 or 4 bloodsuckers get their ´rights´ free.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mark34, 8/17/2013 11:44:56 PM     (No. 9479167)

A "right" I have to pay for? Do I still get my "right" to health insurance if I don´t pay for it?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LAW428, 8/17/2013 11:47:59 PM     (No. 9479168)

Sorry, but life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable rights from our Creator and written in our Declaration of Independence. Nothing was ever mentioned about healthcare, from a despotic tyranny, being a right.
Hey, Obama, you´re a Communist usurper and we don´t want you here!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 8/17/2013 11:48:30 PM     (No. 9479169)

How is it that some people have to pay for that right and some are not required to???

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Penney, 8/17/2013 11:48:55 PM     (No. 9479170)

How inventive our President is, eh? Out of thin air, he conjured a new Right? Pretty presumptuous, too, considering our Rights are endowed by God, as the Declaration of Independence clearly acknowledges, ´´...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among them are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness--.´´ There is no guarantee of, ´´Health Insurance.´´

(...When was the concept of insurance for anything invented?)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Italiano, 8/18/2013 12:10:43 AM     (No. 9479175)

Nope. Neither is health care, or education, food, housing, a job. None of the above. Nothing that someone else has to provide, because if it´s a "right", they have to provide it for free.

Of course, we lost that battle a long time ago, so it´s academic now.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: leonardo, 8/18/2013 1:15:18 AM     (No. 9479191)

It really doesn´t MATTER how the president justifies any of his extra-legal actions and decrees. Just like it didn´t matter how the dictators in "1984", via slick but meaningless phrases, "justified" their complete control.
Obama has a radical Leninist agenda. He WILL impose it under cover of whatever BS placates his fellow travelers and the obsequious media. His message to YOU? :
"Whaddaya gonna DO about it, fool?"
So what ARE you gonna do about it? The next "right" he grants? "It´s not FAIR until everybody has exactly the same amount of "stuff" ... we wouldn´t want anybody to feel bad because you have a nice house or car, so get ready to "share". He has to get to "reparations" somehow... you´re it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: CEP, 8/18/2013 1:21:50 AM     (No. 9479193)

This country is lost. I fear that there is no way to get it back to the vision of the founding fathers. People exercise their rights or don´t, they don´t expect government to force something under penalty of law and then tell them it is a right.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: steveW, 8/18/2013 1:28:26 AM     (No. 9479194)

Now that a right is anything anyone says it is, I hereby demand my right to free food, free housing and a free masters degree in transgender studies. These are my rights as an American and if you don´t think so then you´re for prejudice, discrimination and racism. Furthermore, I demand my rights be paid for by the selfish jerks in the 1% who didn´t vote for Barack Obama.

Thanks, Dear Leader, for clearing things up for us. You give a new meaning to "oath of office" every single day.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Quaestio, 8/18/2013 1:50:11 AM     (No. 9479199)

This is how they plan to win in 2014. From now, the media will be saturated with talk of how gay marriage and insurance are rights. Republicans are trying to deny people their basic rights because they are evil, hateful people and the only way to stop them is to give President Obama all of Congress.

More than half this country now consists of ignorant dependents. They do not want freedom. In fact, they fear it because it requires responsibility and work. They tell themselves they are good people because they are ´progressive´ and having linked morality with politics, nothing is out of bounds because the other side is bad. They cannot defend their views or policies with facts or logic, so they will suppress dissension and seek to silence all opposition. And when things go badly, as they must, they will never acknowledge they were wrong. You cannot force people to be free and I think the question of whether or not we can keep this Republic has clearly been answered in the negative.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/18/2013 2:06:40 AM     (No. 9479203)

"Your health insurance isn’t something to play politics with. Our economy isn’t something to play politics with. This isn’t a game"

No sir, it isn´t and I wish you would stop.

Health insurance isn´t a ´right´ but providing medical care to American citizens should be. Sick American citizens should be afforded the same privilege as every foreigner that walks, runs, drives or arrives on an airplane looking for free medical care.

For the amount of money already spent on this abomination, the medical bills of many Americans losing everything because of medical bills could have been paid.

It took me awhile to find the real reason behind Ocare. It has to do with unions and ERISA. Never mind the annihilation of the insurance industry and the state´s rights.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: billa, 8/18/2013 2:20:04 AM     (No. 9479213)

Huh? Is this guy a frickin moron?

He does not even understand the basic definition of the term "right".

Since when is a right something that one is forced to PAY for under penalty of a fine, confiscation of property or prison? Is a right some people don´t pay for, or get exempt or waived from?

Finally, where in the Constitution is there such a right?

What ires me to no end is that no one calls him on his inane statements.

Reporters must ask the idiot-in-chief, "How do you define a right?" Which he won´t be able to define because he is an idiot. And then ask, "How can medical insurace be a right when people have to pay for it or face serious consequences and medical personnel have to provide it?"

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Reply 21 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 8/18/2013 3:59:40 AM     (No. 9479231)

Last night on Huckabee it was explained that when the constitution was written George Mason insisted that it include a provision by which the states can rein in the President, Congress and the Supreme Court by holding a convention of the states. A petition is circulating for such a convention. I think 300,000 sugnatures must be gotten. Everyone should contact the governor of his state and press for this convention. I think 38 states are required. I have heard of it before and I am sure someone sent a copy to me which I signed and returned. We may not have to depend entirely on the House of Representatives.

And, incidentally, I object to a comment made here that the problem is the Republicans in the House and not Obama. Not one Republican voted for the Health Care bill and the problem IS Obama.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Trigger2, 8/18/2013 4:37:04 AM     (No. 9479238)

Economic security? Yeah, right. That´s why navigators aren´t vetted and every citizen is wide open to identity theft and your bank accounts wiped out.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/18/2013 4:55:43 AM     (No. 9479242)

Americans have traded self-reliance for dependency and so far, they like it. However, the rubber has not met the road. When people wait for months to see a specialist or wait for months for a procedure, their cries will be defeafening. Then it will be too late. The die will be cast. Health care will be administered by bureaucrats. They will decide who gets what procedure based on the codes before them. It is not going to be pretty. The bureaucracy will be maddening and unending. The right we have as Americans is to live free from big government oppression. Freedom is being snuffed out by Obamacare. Bureaucrats will make medical decisions on your behalf. Obamacare gives them that right and strips the right to decide your medical fate from you.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stablemoney, 8/18/2013 5:41:08 AM     (No. 9479253)

Insurance is not the same as health care. The British have national insurance and weeks of waiting for care, such as it is. Obamacare insurance is not necessarily coverage. A bronze policy covering 50% of costs is not really much in the way of insurance. And people do need dental, hearing, and eye care. Not covered. Then most procedures now are unnecessary and are not health care.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: LAW428, 8/18/2013 5:50:31 AM     (No. 9479259)

“…[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
-James Madison

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions.”
-James Madison

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”
-James Madison

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Reply 26 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/18/2013 6:41:59 AM     (No. 9479281)

The article gives many examples of problems with calling healthcare a "right" Nothing is a "right" which places a burden on others to provide the wherewithal for the right. Genuine "rights" are really an outgrowth of the commandments of God and are not provided but fulfilled by the restraint of others. For example the commandment "Thou shalt not Kill" could be understood as a "Right to life" I can respect your right to life by simply refraining from killing or harming you. I do nothing and that would cover it. Similarly your right to private property is respected when I don´t steal from you! Politicians make themselves popular by promising more than anyone can deliver. The constitutional idea of "Rights" are as a restraint on the power of government over it´s citizens. Obama disparaged this and demanded an understanding of constitutional rights, as what the government must do on your behalf. This is a beguiling thought but it is not sustainable - Obamacare. Such a so called "positive" right creates social discord because each individual is encouraged to expect the impossible from others with never a thought of what they should do for others. Any talk of "rights" lacks the wisdom of the commandment of God which focuses the attention of each individual on what they must do for others without putting an impossible burden on anyone!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: franq, 8/18/2013 7:31:48 AM     (No. 9479301)

If you really understand Hussein, it makes sense. Free speech is a right, as long as you´re a Democrat Marxist. Life is a right, as long as you´re an abortion provider. Liberty is a right, as long as you contribute to unions and the DNC. The pursuit of happiness is a right, as long as you´re in a blue state. So it follows, as others have pointed out, that health insurance is a right, as long as you pay for it, instead of paying the fine.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: saguni, 8/18/2013 12:12:47 PM     (No. 9479665)

People who say "healthcare is a right" are actually saying "I believe in slavery" because worker in the medical profession no longer have the right to choose to work or not.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 8/18/2013 4:18:06 PM     (No. 9479898)

What a dumb boob. Is it health care, or health insurance that´s a "right?"
You can have insurance out the whazoo, but that doesn´t mean you´ll ever get treated by a medical professional. In fact, under ObaMugabe Care, you might be lucky to get a red pill or blue.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/18/2013 4:24:10 PM     (No. 9479902)

A lofo Obama lover called in to a radio program last week and was asked why working taxpayers should pay for food, shelter, etc. for 3rd generation welfare recipents.
He replied "it´s right there, promote the General Welfare" !!!

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Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
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Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

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