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Obamacare a mandate, not a right

Perhaps the most obnoxious rhetoric emanating from Obamacare supporters is that this law makes health care a “right.” I’ve seen it in countless editorials and heard it from countless commentators. But how can health care be a right when the government forces you to have it?

We have right to a free press, but the government doesn’t force you to own a newspaper.

We have a right to bear arms, but the government doesn’t force you to own a gun.

We have a right to vote, but the government doesn’t force you to vote.

I can’t think of a single individual right in the Constitution that the government forces you to exercise. Indeed, rights have generally been synonymous with freedoms, which implies choice. There is no choice with Obamacare.

In a revealing exchange, Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Anthony Weiner went at it on the question of who will enforce the new mandate. Despite repeated attempts by O’Reilly to answer that simple question, Weiner refused to respond. Even though I was surprised at how effective O’Reilly was, he would have landed a knockout punch if he had just asked, “OK, so if I’m wrong about the IRS being the enforcers of the insurance mandate, why is there $10 billion in the bill to hire an additional 16,5000 IRS agents?”

The point is, what kind of “right” is it that must be forced on people under threat of IRS sanction?

This health care bill take away your rights; it doesn’t confer new ones.