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I Demand the Right to be Free of Economic Ignorance

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.


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