Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (shown) told the World Health Assembly (WHA) on Monday that “universal health coverage” is a “right” and that it is the responsibility of “national governments” to achieve this goal.
Speaking at a plenary session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) governing body in Geneva, Switzerland, Sebelius said, “One goal that is particularly essential to health and development … is universal health coverage. Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people. As President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some earned privilege — it is a right.'’” (Emphasis in original.)
In other words, everyone is entitled to healthcare whether he can pay for it or not. This clearly is not a right in the sense of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — rights that every person can exercise without imposing on others. Instead, it is a government-granted privilege whereby some individuals are permitted to plunder others — and where the victims of this theft are penalized by the government for resisting.
It is clear that this is the kind of “right” that Sebelius has in mind. “Expanding access to health coverage,” she told the WHA, “is a responsibility belonging chiefly to national governments.”
Other nations may foolishly believe this — and are learning the hard way that nationalized healthcare means declining quality of care and ultimately euthanasia — but in the United States healthcare and coverage are plainly no business of the federal government. Tortured Supreme Court decisions notwithstanding, nothing in the U.S. Constitution authorizes the federal government to be involved in healthcare or health insurance in any way, shape, or form. Sebelius and the other globalists at the WHA may wish it were otherwise, but it is not.
“The Americas region,” Sebelius noted, has “come together to promote equitable access to essential health services.”
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