Is health insurance a "right"? During his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama made the unconstitutional claim between touting free "contraceptive care" and bashing "Republicans" in Congress who are "working hard to confuse people."
The jaw-dropping speech is more of the same from the Obama Administration, who has effectively managed to completely polarize America. During his three minute campaign speech, Obama said that
"...there's also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they'll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don't get their way, they'll shut down the government...many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically than they are with how badly it'll hurt the country."
The thin-skinned President did not stop thereÂ—he also claimed that "A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they'll somehow be sticking it to me." This ridiculous and inaccurate argument is yet another illustration of how President Obama personalizes every issue, trying to paint resistance to his failing policies as a personal attack.
Is this how he really feels? Or is it a political strategy?
"Health insurance isn't a privilegeÂ—it is your right. And we're going to keep it that way." Â—President Obama: http://t.co/NTsJspNw2cÂ— The White House (@whitehouse) August 17, 2013
President Obama, Constitutional "scholar," knows that insurance is not a right. If it were, certainly more pressing needs would be rights first. Is insurance more of a "right" than food, clothing, shelter? The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution. While those rights are being trampled, President Obama has taken it upon himself to create new rights. If Americans do not know their rights, and sadly, many do not, this outrageous comment will fly over people's heads.
Is it any wonder that the IRS has been targeting groups that teach the Constitution? President Obama does not want people to know their rights, it seems.
During the ObamaCare debates, many bioethicists made the case that if the government can convince people that healthcare is a right, then ObamaCare would be accepted by the public. It is likely that Obama's loaded and damaging statement was influenced by academia.
Twitter reacted to Obama's inane and calculated statement:
. @whitehouse and rather than making up rights how about protecting real ones, like protection from illegal searchesÂ— Paul Day (@sjr_hsdad) August 17, 2013
.@whitehouse Says the Constitutional Law Professor. Pffft.Â— ?? Harriet Baldwin (@HarrietBaldwin) August 17, 2013
@whitehouse You'd think a former ConLaw Prof would know what a right is, and what it isn't. You'd think.Â— ConservativeLA (@ConservativeLA) August 17, 2013
Healthcare INSURANCE is a right now, y'all. Just fyi. Still waiting for my right to diamonds and free puppies.... http://t.co/Kj6KZ3oa8zÂ— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) August 18, 2013
Healthcare is a commodity, you can go and purchase it, or receive it in exchange for your labor; but there certainly is no "right" to it.Â— Doc ???? (@DocNelson_68W) August 17, 2013
Did you need any further proof that this POTUS does not understand our Constitution? Healthcare is a right?????Â— Linda (@ImpressionsofTX) August 18, 2013
Obama calls healthcare a "Right." Reread Constitution. Couldn't find it! Life, yep? Liberty, yep? Pursuit of Happiness? Yep! Insurance? NopeÂ— James Yontrofsky (@JamesYontrofsky) August 18, 2013
.@BarackObama Just checked the Constitution & there's no mention about health insurance being a right. What Constitution were you reading?Â— Scott Good (@SkidWillie) August 18, 2013
Can all of you "health insurance is a right" people just simply point to me where I can find that in the Constitution?Â— Father Christian (@Ranger1325) August 18, 2013
Obama: Health Insurance Is A "Right," "Not A Privilege"Â…Apparently the president has decided to amend the Constitution all by hisownself.Â— Jeffrey D. Dickson (@jddickson) August 18, 2013
Watch his speech here:
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