DeMint: Health Care Is a Privilege, Not a Right

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Friday, August 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Earlier this week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) was asked by Charleston’s Post and Courier whether “people have a right to health care?”

“I think health care is a privilege,” he said. “I wouldn’t call it a right.”

I do think in our country and in any civil society there should be a safety net for basic health and food and shelter, but that doesn’t mean that the whole system should be designed around the belief that people can’t make their own decisions, can’t be responsible for themselves. … What we do need to do is make sure everybody has access to policies they can afford, own and keep. We’re not doing that. What we’ve done is set up the whole system to reward employers for offering health insurance, but we don’t support people who don’t get their insurance at work, and that’s not fair.

This is pretty stark indication that no amount of debate and negotiation on health care reform is going to iron out the ideological differences between the two parties on the issue.

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strangely_enough
Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

Why do rich people with government provided health care say such asinine things?


Sharon
Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

But people have a right to die, Sen. DeMint? Shameful and selfish.


newsyone
Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

I feel health care for all is a right. Many of us pay the government plenty of taxes and fund tons of government programs etc. If we can bail out private car companies, and the banking industry WE should at the very least be afforded reasonably priced, good, health care.Everbody has their hand out and we still don't have affordable health care. I do not want to be at the mercy of the private insurance industry who are the true “death panels”. http://newsy1.wordpress.com


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 12:46 am

Nobody hates America and Americans more than conservatives. Look at what they say, look at what they do. He hates his constituents and he hates that they have the same rights as he does to demand fair treatment and justice.


anonymous
Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

Right? Well is stealing people's money also a right for the wealthy and powerful?
If stealing weren't your right, people could take care of themselves.

When Republicans take EVERYTHING> people do what people have to do in order to survive.

Actions like saying healthcare is a priveldge DESTROY the SOCIAL ORDER of our nation.

Every citizen of this nation has a RIGHT to receive health care. Priviledge is over… a thing of the past.

Practice what you preach DeMint


Totter
Comment posted August 23, 2009 @ 2:40 am

DeMint should resign soon after reading the United States Constitution for the first time.


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karela
Comment posted August 31, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

Food is a privilege, not a right. Shelter is a privilege. Water is a privilege. Anything that can be used to turn a profit is a privilege and the right of the wealthy to make a profit is more important than the right of the poor to survive. And of course, a greater profit can be taken on items necessary for actual survival. This is just good business.

signed: Senator DeMint


karela
Comment posted August 31, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

They say such things because they can and they can get away with it because they have convinced a certain percentage of low information and/or greedy people that their world will cease to exist as they know it and great calamity will befall them if the country meets basic survival needs of it's citizens. They're counting on the people who die from neglect being too weak to vote before they go.


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jrusso
Comment posted September 1, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

“I do think in our country and in any civil society there should be a safety net for basic health and food and shelter”

Isn't this what the Democrats are advocating when they say they want to make sure everyone is covered?

“What we’ve done is set up the whole system to reward employers for offering health insurance, but we don’t support people who don’t get their insurance at work, and that’s not fair.”

Isn't this one of the points that the democrats are trying to fix with the public option?

“What we do need to do is make sure everybody has access to policies they can afford, own and keep”

It sounds like he's arguing the same point that Obama has been making for the past six months!


randy99
Comment posted September 1, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

I have often thought the same thing about national security, police protection, and food safety, etc:

If you can't afford to protect your part of the country from foreign invaders/criminals/mad cow disease in your burgers, then you should just suck on it! Stop being so G.D. poor and get some money, or, preferably, stop complaining about it.

I now know who to vote for in the next election.


chuckdc
Comment posted September 1, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

he would have to be able to read to do so….


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kennethmarkhoover
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

The RepubliKan health care plan: “Crawl to the side of the road and die.”


Jovan
Comment posted September 9, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

I agree with you 1,000%, Totter. I live in South Carolina and DUMint is a disgrace to not just Greenville and South Carolina, but also to America.

People like him need to read the Constitution and the Preamble and there you will find a right to health care in it (worded as promoting the general welfare of America).


Pam
Comment posted September 13, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

That's pretty galling coming from a person who sucks on the tax payer's dime for their excellent medical coverage. A suggestion to the good senator. Give up your privileged, lucrative insurance policy and try to find one for you and your family on your own. Hope your young, healthy and no pre- exisiting conditions and of course have a ton of $$. So the senator and his ilk are the elitist few who can pick the fruits of the tree for medical insurance coverage and the rest of us be dammed!


Lori
Comment posted January 25, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

I think you need to re-read what the Senator actually said….he said the system is set up to benefit the employer who provides health benefits and not to the individual who has to purchase the insurance themselves……and he said that wasn't right. That's a place to build from….


Lori
Comment posted January 25, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

Uhm…that's what welfare, medicaid, foodstamps and unemployment are – the safety net that's been in place for more than 50 years.

What the Dems are doing is trying to force all of us into a universal health care system by taxing those who get their insurance through their employers among other things INSTEAD of leveling the playing field so that its not inclined towards the employer subsidized insurance plans. Its clear that they want the employer based policies to cost so much to purchase that we all choose instead to buy into the “national exchange”. Read the bills


Lori
Comment posted January 25, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

Then why didn't the founding father's set up Universal Health Care when the established the Constitution?


Lori
Comment posted January 25, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

I think you need to re-read what the Senator actually said….he said the system is set up to benefit the employer who provides health benefits and not to the individual who has to purchase the insurance themselves……and he said that wasn't right. That's a place to build from….


Lori
Comment posted January 25, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

Uhm…that's what welfare, medicaid, foodstamps and unemployment are – the safety net that's been in place for more than 50 years.

What the Dems are doing is trying to force all of us into a universal health care system by taxing those who get their insurance through their employers among other things INSTEAD of leveling the playing field so that its not inclined towards the employer subsidized insurance plans. Its clear that they want the employer based policies to cost so much to purchase that we all choose instead to buy into the “national exchange”. Read the bills


Lori
Comment posted January 25, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

Then why didn't the founding father's set up Universal Health Care when the established the Constitution?


Duh
Comment posted March 22, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

Gee, maybe because the massive health industry monster wasn't around at the time? They also didn't set up funding for NASA, but does that mean it shouldn't be there?


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Comment posted August 16, 2010 @ 9:54 am

Hm you have a point…I don't think its a right either…It is definitely a privilege…


acolyte
Comment posted November 18, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

The DemocRat health plan: “I’m sick, everybody give me money so i can go to the doctor since I can’t or am not willing to pay for it myself!”


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Comment posted April 16, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

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Sharon
Comment posted April 23, 2011 @ 3:11 am

“Life, liberty, and the persute of happiness”…life doesn’t exist if you’re very ill with out insurance, Senator. I question if you have the cognitive ability to even understand that. What you have made clear, is that your are in the business of making money and not representing the people, and their best interest. Just how deep are your pockets?


Sharon
Comment posted April 23, 2011 @ 3:11 am

“Life, liberty, and the persute of happiness”…life doesn’t exist if you’re very ill with out insurance, Senator. I question if you have the cognitive ability to even understand that. What you have made clear, is that your are in the business of making money and not representing the people, and their best interest. Just how deep are your pockets?


Health Insurance Plans
Comment posted May 31, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

After years of paying the entire cost of their family’s health care out of pocket, they might be expected to support government-funded health care for all.


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