Kevin has a great post on why health care isn’t a right.
I’m selectively quoting a small part for emphasis:
I concluded that there is only one fundamental right, and all others are corollaries of it, but one defining factor is that YOUR rights end when they require DEMANDING something of another.
And that’s the point. Rights are inherent in existing. I have a right to the product of my labor. I have a right to defend myself. I have a right to say whatever I want.
What I don’t have is a right to force anyone else to do something for me.
Can the government force me to do things against my will? Sure. Happens every day. But let’s be honest, it’s not a right.
UPDATE: More from Marko.