Walter Williams Explains The Right To Health Care

As usual, the great Walter Williams is spot-on. The man is one of the great minds of our time. The column is brief and most definitely worth the read.

Free To Die? by Walter E. Williams: I am proud to say that I think most of my fellow Americans would be repulsed at the suggestion of forcibly using medical practitioners to serve the purposes of people in need of hospital care. But I’m afraid that most Americans are not against the principle of the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another under the pain of punishment. They just don’t have much stomach to witness it. You say, “Williams, explain yourself.”

Say that citizen John pays his share of the constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government. He recognizes that nothing in our Constitution gives Congress the authority to forcibly use one person to serve the purposes of another or take the earnings of one American and give them to another American, whether it be for medical services, business bailouts, handouts to farmers or handouts in the form of foreign aid. Suppose John refuses to allow what he earns to be taken and given to another. My guess is that Krugman and, sadly, most other Americans would sanction government punishment, imprisonment or initiation of violence against John. They share Professor Krugman’s moral vision that one person has a right to live at the expense of another, but they just don’t have the gall to call it that.

Related links:
Rights vs. Wishes, It’s That Time Again
On Physicians As Slaves …
Healthcare Is Not a Human Right
How Much of The Federal Budget Is Theft and Handouts?


  • Josh S

    Then why doesn’t Mr. Williams advocate against the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act?  That law does exactly what he claim is the problem in his column, it forces medical practitioners to treat patients regardless of their ability to pay. Maybe it’s because advocating against taxes is much easier than arguing that hospitals should be free to leave the destitute to die…

    • speedmaster

      I’m not sure that he doesn’t argue against that. He has a brief, maybe 1200 word column, he can’t be expected to cover every topic in each.