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Sen. Rand Paul compares “Right to Healthcare” to slavery

He’s right

The people who want me to give up my earnings so everyone can have substandard healthcare rather than just the people who don’t/can’t work don’t care that I object. They don’t care that I work two jobs to pay for what I and my family have. They want me to pay, dearly.

Sen. Rand Paul, speaking at the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, nailed it again. The Subcommittee was looking at emergency room use as a primary care source, when Sen. Paul said;

“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery,” said Paul (R-Ky.), who is an ophthalmologist.

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The left is, as you would expect, up in arms. Think Progress even put up a video (via RCP) of Sen. Paul in his own words, words that somehow don’t sink in when heard by the leftists at Think Progress…

If my earnings are taken by force (which they are – try to tell the IRS “No”) to pay for something that not only do I not agree with, but has been ruled unconstitutional, what else can it be called?

You could call it “rogue government”, they are in the process of implementing Obamacare despite the ruling.

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  1. If someone has the “right” to healthcare, that means that they have the “right” to have someone provide it. Nowhere in all these discussions does anyone ever discuss the rights of the doctors and nurses.

    If Uncle Sugar wants to provide health care, he should hire workers and build hospitals. Then he can provide the labor that he’s paying for, but to argue that Uncle Sugar should be allowed to set the prices for medical care and have patients choose their provider implies that Uncle Sugar has the power of ownership over those providers and he has no such authority.

    I don’t want a doctor working on me who is under the control of someone else, especially not one who has been conscripted.

    A friend sent me this clip from an Ayn Rand book that is remarkably prescient:

    “I quit when medicine was placed under State control some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks. “Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I could not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun.

    “I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything—except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter, was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, but ‘to serve.’

    “That a man’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards—never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness at which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind—yet what is it they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands?

    “Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in the operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents it—and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

    • This word crossed my mind the other day, “nationalize.” They will have to nationalize the medical professionals to provide care in a socialized medical model. There will be, and already are, many physicians who will not take anymore (or none at all), from the government insurance programs of Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare (military medicine). This has been going on for years, and going to get far worse.

      Nationalizing the industry will destroy the Constitution.

  2. Factually, Rand Paul is correct. Looking at the 20-30 scope of Obamacare, we will revert to the UK model, where med schools will be scholarship students whop will go into PHS at $35K, replacing most specialties (who will go offshore to treat wealthy members of the approved state class.) Diagnostics will be reduced to simple ailments.

    But politically, Paul has laid in the lap of the Left what they have been laying in ours. “Slavery”, great rhetoric…especially since it’s true.

  3. I saw this quote used in another article today. Dr. Hendricks wasn’t just referring to rationing of care or type of care that might be provided…he was also making reference to quality of care and what happens when gov’t defines quality of care that can NOT be provided by a doctor.

    Facing that moral and ethical dilemma day in and day out, trying to reconcile with their conscience, fighting against apathy…I can see why a doctor would pull a “John Galt” rather than let government have that much control over their lives.

  4. Well, first off if we want to talk about slavery, fine, let’s talk about slavery.

    During slavery, black women were often forced to bear children to keep the slave population viable. It was common for slaves to be bred by their masters for certain traits, and black women had no choice in the matter. They were studded and forced to carry the pregnancy to term at their master’s wish.

    Rhand Paul apparently wants to return to the days when a woman forced into pregnancy had no choice, and was forced to carry a pregnancy she was forced into against her will. Rhand Paul favors banning abortion even in the case of rape, which would effectively turn women who were raped into slaves forced to carry the rapist’s fetus to term against their will.

    Also, if rhand paul wants to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term, is he willing to enslave a delivery room team to deliver the baby? Wouldn’t ha have to enslave a doctor to deliver the baby and a janitor to clean up the delivery room too?

    Rhand paul, you your guts you know he’s nuts.

    • Okay, we’ll talk about slavery. You think the only slaves throughout history were black? Or it only occurred in the United States?

      Let’s define it;

      Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Slavery predates written records, has existed in many cultures and in some historical situations it has been legal for owners to kill slaves.

      The number of slaves today remains as high as 12 million to 27 million, though this is probably the smallest proportion of the world’s population in history. Most are debt slaves, largely in South Asia, who are under debt bondage incurred by lenders, sometimes even for generations. Human trafficking is primarily for prostituting women and children into sex industries.

      Okay, NOW let’s talk about slavery in the historical context, if you’re even still around. Debt slaves, if you read the above, exist only to pay off an ever increasing debt, forced to always chase a finish line that moves away from them at roughly the same pace.

      Here in the good ol’ US of A the finish line has been shoved so far out of reach by your President Obama that our grandkid’s grandkids may never be able to cross it. They’ll always be paying an ever increasing share of their earnings to reduce a debt they had no part in creating, slaves to their government; a government that exists largely to profit itself and those who seek to obtain and keep power.

      And it’s spelled “Rand” Paul, not “Rhand”, or “rhand”, a fact you could easily have learned by reading what was written above you.

      If you want to make this about abortion rather than debt, I’m sure there are those here who’d gladly oblige you. Myself, I doubt you’ll ever read the replies and won’t be wasting any more time.

  5. if ‘dr. strangelove’ wants to talk about slavery, let’s go:

    the word slavery has been linked to emflamitory words like ‘racist’ and ‘civil rights’ without regard to any other kinds of slavery…there’s slavery to welfare…slavery to ignorance…and slavery to the past (as in: the inability to stand on your own without pulling the past up beside you and leaning on it for your bread and butter)…

    handcuffing me to a healthcare system that i don’t chose and don’t need is slavery…

  6. And the individual mandate is tyranny and anyone who voted for it needs to be called on their support for tyranny and any congressman who didn’t vote for it but didn’t call it tyranny needs to be confronted with the opportunity to do so.

  1. If someone has the “right” to healthcare, that means that they have the “right” to have someone provide it. Nowhere in all these discussions does anyone ever discuss the rights of the doctors and nurses.

    If Uncle Sugar wants to provide health care, he should hire workers and build hospitals. Then he can provide the labor that he’s paying for, but to argue that Uncle Sugar should be allowed to set the prices for medical care and have patients choose their provider implies that Uncle Sugar has the power of ownership over those providers and he has no such authority.

    I don’t want a doctor working on me who is under the control of someone else, especially not one who has been conscripted.

    A friend sent me this clip from an Ayn Rand book that is remarkably prescient:

    “I quit when medicine was placed under State control some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks. “Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I could not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun.

    “I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything—except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter, was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, but ‘to serve.’

    “That a man’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards—never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness at which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind—yet what is it they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands?

    “Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in the operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents it—and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

    • This word crossed my mind the other day, “nationalize.” They will have to nationalize the medical professionals to provide care in a socialized medical model. There will be, and already are, many physicians who will not take anymore (or none at all), from the government insurance programs of Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare (military medicine). This has been going on for years, and going to get far worse.

      Nationalizing the industry will destroy the Constitution.

  2. Factually, Rand Paul is correct. Looking at the 20-30 scope of Obamacare, we will revert to the UK model, where med schools will be scholarship students whop will go into PHS at $35K, replacing most specialties (who will go offshore to treat wealthy members of the approved state class.) Diagnostics will be reduced to simple ailments.

    But politically, Paul has laid in the lap of the Left what they have been laying in ours. “Slavery”, great rhetoric…especially since it’s true.

  3. I saw this quote used in another article today. Dr. Hendricks wasn’t just referring to rationing of care or type of care that might be provided…he was also making reference to quality of care and what happens when gov’t defines quality of care that can NOT be provided by a doctor.

    Facing that moral and ethical dilemma day in and day out, trying to reconcile with their conscience, fighting against apathy…I can see why a doctor would pull a “John Galt” rather than let government have that much control over their lives.

  4. Well, first off if we want to talk about slavery, fine, let’s talk about slavery.

    During slavery, black women were often forced to bear children to keep the slave population viable. It was common for slaves to be bred by their masters for certain traits, and black women had no choice in the matter. They were studded and forced to carry the pregnancy to term at their master’s wish.

    Rhand Paul apparently wants to return to the days when a woman forced into pregnancy had no choice, and was forced to carry a pregnancy she was forced into against her will. Rhand Paul favors banning abortion even in the case of rape, which would effectively turn women who were raped into slaves forced to carry the rapist’s fetus to term against their will.

    Also, if rhand paul wants to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term, is he willing to enslave a delivery room team to deliver the baby? Wouldn’t ha have to enslave a doctor to deliver the baby and a janitor to clean up the delivery room too?

    Rhand paul, you your guts you know he’s nuts.

    • Okay, we’ll talk about slavery. You think the only slaves throughout history were black? Or it only occurred in the United States?

      Let’s define it;

      Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Slavery predates written records, has existed in many cultures and in some historical situations it has been legal for owners to kill slaves.

      The number of slaves today remains as high as 12 million to 27 million, though this is probably the smallest proportion of the world’s population in history. Most are debt slaves, largely in South Asia, who are under debt bondage incurred by lenders, sometimes even for generations. Human trafficking is primarily for prostituting women and children into sex industries.

      Okay, NOW let’s talk about slavery in the historical context, if you’re even still around. Debt slaves, if you read the above, exist only to pay off an ever increasing debt, forced to always chase a finish line that moves away from them at roughly the same pace.

      Here in the good ol’ US of A the finish line has been shoved so far out of reach by your President Obama that our grandkid’s grandkids may never be able to cross it. They’ll always be paying an ever increasing share of their earnings to reduce a debt they had no part in creating, slaves to their government; a government that exists largely to profit itself and those who seek to obtain and keep power.

      And it’s spelled “Rand” Paul, not “Rhand”, or “rhand”, a fact you could easily have learned by reading what was written above you.

      If you want to make this about abortion rather than debt, I’m sure there are those here who’d gladly oblige you. Myself, I doubt you’ll ever read the replies and won’t be wasting any more time.

  5. if ‘dr. strangelove’ wants to talk about slavery, let’s go:

    the word slavery has been linked to emflamitory words like ‘racist’ and ‘civil rights’ without regard to any other kinds of slavery…there’s slavery to welfare…slavery to ignorance…and slavery to the past (as in: the inability to stand on your own without pulling the past up beside you and leaning on it for your bread and butter)…

    handcuffing me to a healthcare system that i don’t chose and don’t need is slavery…

  6. And the individual mandate is tyranny and anyone who voted for it needs to be called on their support for tyranny and any congressman who didn’t vote for it but didn’t call it tyranny needs to be confronted with the opportunity to do so.

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