Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Right, Responsibility or Privilege?

The presidential candidates were asked in last night's debate whether health care in America is a right, a responsibility, or a privilege. I have noticed that that, probably through witnessing abuses of the system, not much sits well with us when when it's called a right. We're tired of seeing an entitlement mentality about anything and everything. It's tempting to recoil at the idea of something being a right.

On the other hand, when we begin to think about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, something being a right starts to sound much more reasonable.

What do you think?


  1. calling it a right seems a little to strong. I'll work on it and get back to you!

  2. Yes, I thought that was an interesting way to phrase it. It all depends on where you draw the lines.