Healthcare Rights in American, Since When?

California Sen. Kamala Harris took to her Twitter account Saturday, asserting her ignorance about the Constitution and healthcare.

She tweeted, “Here’s what I believe: health care is a right, not a privilege. RT (re-tweet) if you agree.”

It seems the rookie Senator is trying to bolster her new position by trying to appear relevant in the continuing dialogue of healthcare in these United States.

While Harris, Bernie Sanders and their ilk continue to push for Americans to embrace “New Rights” like a socialist European healthcare system, they are not the originators of this concept in America.

Franklin Roosevelt, in his annual address to Congress, set the nation on this path.

Here’s what FDR said in that speech:

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“This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable rights – among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.  They were our rights to life and liberty.”

Now, up to this point, Roosevelt has said nothing amiss.  He is describing the God-given rights that are the subject of the first ten amendments to the Constitution – the Bill of Rights.  But listen to what he says next:


“As our nation has grown in size and stature, however, — as our industrial economy expanded – these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness… So to speak, [we need] a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all…Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job…

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation…

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care…

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All these rights spell security.”

Please note that Roosevelt’s so-called second “bill of rights” is not based on the same premise as the original.  In the American view, the purpose of government is to secure, to protect and defend God-given rights.  But God didn’t grant anyone the right to healthcare, a decent home, a remunerative job, an education, food, clothing or recreation paid for at the expense others.  Likewise, the right to not be afraid of old age is nowhere granted by God.

You see, in order for government to provide what the second bill of rights guarantees, it must necessarily violate the real Bill of Rights by stealing the money it needs to make the phony guarantees.  This is illegal because it is against what the Declaration of Independence refers to as “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

This second “bill of rights” is a fraud.

The second “bill of rights” says that government force must be brought to obtain equality of economic outcome.

The second “bill of rights” reflects the premise and philosophy of the Communist Manifesto.

The second “bill of rights” led to Obamacare and Common Core.

Isn’t it time to abandon this dangerous course?

Isn’t it time to return to the original Bill of Rights?

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Jake MacAulay serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), an educational outreach that presents the founders’ “American View” of law and government. The former co-host of the syndicated talk show, The Sons of Liberty, he is an ordained minister and has spoken to audiences nation-wide, and has established the American Club, a constitutional study group in public and private schools.
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  • Easyrinos

    Can you say SOCIALIST?

  • Thisoldspouse

    I’ve never understood how so many people could be enamoured by this open socialist in a much more conservative era.

  • Danny Brand

    Ninth Amendment
    Main article: Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution
    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.[91]