But understand there is large difference here. Arguing we have a right to health care != we have a right to free healthcare. The First Amendment ensure a right to free speech and press. It doesn't mean the government is obligated to provide you a printing press. Nor does the 2nd Amendment require the government provide you arms.
Oh, this is good stuff, right here.
We agree that nothing is free. So if you have a right to health care, and you have no money, do you still have that right?
Let's go to the courts ca 1975, Buckley v. Valeo...
This is commonly called the "Mony=speech" decision. Let's say money=speech, if that's the case, than more money = more speech and less money = less speech to the point where no money = no speech. Does everyone maintain their right to free speech in this case? If you have a right to something, but it costs more money than you have, is it still considered a right? You say yes, because as long as you can pay for it, you may speak freely.
[csb]I was reading an article recently that discussed a bill that was introduced in the New Hampshire that would tax NON-GUN OWNERS! The theory being that these people's security was enhanced by those gun owners around them. [/csb]
No, the 2nd Amendment doesn't require the government provide arms, BUT if you go back and read through the Constitutional Convention notes, you will find out what "Well Regulated" meant at the time as it pertained to a militia. It meant that arms would be standardized. You couldn't show up at muster with some odd-ball caliber rifle (pardon the pun). When the militia was called, you were to show up with a standard weapon, and retained the right to acquire such a weapon. I've always just assumed that if you showed up with no gun, one would be provided to you.
That said, when Uncle Sam drafts you ass, you ARE issued a GI weapon - and it WILL be "well regulated".
But I definitely see your point regarding a prohibition from being turned away from health care if you can afford it. That protects your right to health care to a great extent.
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