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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
“…[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
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!
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.
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.
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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