Today’s New York Times has several letters-to-the-editor expressing inanely quixotic notions about health care. For example, Professor of Psychology Marcus Tye writes that
We should stop thinking of health care as a benefit to be earned from work and bought through middlemen (private insurers), and start treating it as a human right and a universal entitlement.
Sounds nice. Rights are good, right? So if some rights are good, more rights are better.
Wrong. Bart Hinkle, columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, very admirably summarizes (at the TimesDispatch.com blog) the reasons why health care is not, and cannot be made to be, a right.