, M.D. writes:
Throughout the health-care debate of 2010–11, Obama repeatedly referred to government-run health care as “a core ethical and moral obligation,” arguing that, “No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick.” In speeches, he repeatedly cited the story of Natoma Canfield, an Ohio cancer patient without health insurance, as a justification for his health-care legislation. Many of Obama’s supporters on the political left made similar moral claims. Vanderbilt University professor Bruce Barry wrote in the New York Times that, “Health insurance in a civilized society is a collective moral obligation.” T. R. Reid, former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, called universal health care a “moral imperative.” Ezra Klein, another writer for the Washington Post, agreed that it is an “ethical obligation.”
But all such claims are wrong—morally wrong.
Why? Read “Health Care and the Separation of Charity and State” at The Objective Standard.