We commend also the WSJ piece by "Theodore Dalrymple," the pen name of a British physician who aptly analyzes the ill-conceived and executed notion of a "right" to health care. Along the way he notes such obvious but timely points as these:
- When benefits are conceived as rights, government must grant them by coercing the populace.
- Health care is not more fundamental to human existence than other goods or products, like food, clothing and shelter.
- Asserting a right to health care seems to leave people without an ability to imagine why health care ought to be provided apart from the assertion of a right.
- The question ought to be not about rights but organization: how can we best deliver health care? In that light, America needs fixing, but Britain is much worse off.
- A "right" to health care has produced an even more unequal delivery of health care to the UK population, in what Dalrymple calls "the dirtiest, most broken-down hospitals in Europe."