Since only one person gave me a reason why conservatives are regarded as not caring about the poor, I will address that issue first: the right to healthcare.
I would like to hear more, so if anyone else wants to explain why they think conservatives do not care about the poor/only care about the rich, please post your comments on the “Conservatives don’t care about the poor” post, two posts below this one.
The Right to Healthcare
A right is something you have the freedom to do (freedom of speech, right to vote, right to remain silent, etc.) or something you are protected from having done to you (freedom from cruel and unusual punishments, protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, etc.). A service provided to you by another person is not a “right,” it’s a service.
You know, come to think of it, they might be on to something here. Maybe services should be rights. My husband had to pick up a second job last fall so that we could afford snow tires and new brakes. We need a safe, working vehicle so he can go to work. That’s a need, so the service should be a right, right? How about universal car repairs?
Isn’t it the same thing? At one point, he was working almost 60 hours a week, my two-year-old cried himself to sleep at night because he missed daddy, and I was exhausted from having to pick up the chores he usually does. Meanwhile, there are CEOs making millions of dollars. To them, the hundreds of dollars we needed for car repairs are just a drop in the bucket. It doesn’t seem fair, does it? It’s our right to have a safe vehicle. We can’t help it that we can’t afford it. Those CEOs should pay their fair share to provide us with this right. Why should we have to struggle when they have too much excess income?
Please know that I don’t really look at it that way, but that is often how the arguments go. How far could we go with this “right to services”? What else is a right?
Anytime you are giving someone a “right” to a free or subsidized service, it is depriving others of their property – in this case, the taxpayers who have to give their money, which was earned through their own hard work, and the healthcare providers who have to provide the services at lower, government-imposed prices. Property rights are in the Bill of Rights. They are fundamental to our constitution, yet they are being eroded all the time by big government in the name of these so-called rights.
The other point here, perhaps more important to this discussion, is that conservatives do not want to deprive anyone of access to healthcare. Last time I checked, poor people already get government provided healthcare. Not only that, but everyone has the same access to healthcare services and insurance coverage. No one is being denied access to healthcare.
The objection most conservatives have to the notion of a right to healthcare is based on the fact that we believe in FREEDOM. The balance between freedom and government control is a zero-sum game. Every time we give more control to the government, we lose more freedom. It really is that simple.
I really wish I had more time to get into this right now because it is a complex issue, but I will stop here and let you take over with comments.