Ben Shapiro

If this sounds like a bad idea, that's because it is. It's a horrible, terrible, anti-American idea. And it stems from the similarly awful idea that health care is a right. Once health care is defined as an individual right, society suddenly has an obligation to provide it. And society is made up of other individuals, who will have to come out of pocket to pay for the irresponsible.

In fact, health care is not a right. Donna Simpson doesn't have a right to force me to pay for her health care any more than I have a right to force her to pay for my electricity.

Having the opportunity to control your health (and your health care) is a right, however. Or at least, it was a right. Over the past few decades, health care in this country has moved from a patient-centric system to a government and insurance company-centric system. That's due solely to government regulation -- when medical care isn't regulated, the price drops and the quality increases (just look at Lasik surgery, which generally isn't covered by government programs or by health insurance programs). Free markets ensure rights, because rights are all about choice.

But the left doesn't believe in true rights or true choice. True rights come with the responsibility to live with the consequences of your choices. The right to control your health comes with the responsibility to live with your choices. Donna Simpson has every right to turn herself into a human hippopotamus, but that action has certain consequences -- namely, that she will pay for her own medical care.

The minute those consequences disappear, the right itself disappears, because rights without responsibilities are utterly unsustainable. It is only a matter of time before the government forces those like Donna Simpson to go on a Federal Diet Plan in order to "bend the cost curve," forcing the rest of us to get on the Government Health Control bandwagon. The left burned down the village in order to save it; they destroyed our control of our own health in order to guarantee health coverage for everyone. Our dearest freedom is now in the hands of the collective -- all to save Donna Simpson.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
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