Rep. McDermott wants to change the Constitution to make Health Care a right:
GUEST: AFTER THE CLINTONS TRY TO THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN BACK IN THE EARLY 1990′S AND FAILED, MANY OF US THOUGHT LET’S GO BACK TO THE BASE AND LET’S GO WITH A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD MAKE HEALTH CARE A RIGHT. I THINK IT IS A RIGHT AND THE DEMOCRACY. EVERYBODY SHOULD EXPECT GOOD HEALTH CARE. AND PEOPLE SAID, WE DO NOT WANT TO PUT IN THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE THERE WILL BE LAWSUITS AND THEY HAD SOME OPPOSITION. I THINK IT IS A RIGHT. AND UNLESS WE ARE WILLING TO PASS A LAW THAT SAYS THAT A DOCTOR IN A HOSPITAL CAN LET SOMEBODY DIED AND NOT CARE OR HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM , THEN AS THEY HAVE RESPONSIBILITY, THE DOCTOR AND THE HOSPITAL DOES NOT HAVE ANY CHOICE. IT IS A RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR HEALTH CARE TAKING CARE OF. BUT WE WOULD NOT PUT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION AND IN MY VIEW, IT SHOULD BE A CONSTITUTION. WE COULD BE MORE RATIONAL ABOUT HOW WE PUT A SYSTEM TOGETHER THAT WORKS TO COVER EVERYBODY. I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE. THE FACT IS, IT IS A RIGHT.
I do not think anyone believes that health care is not a right. What progs do not understand is that a RIGHT is something that someone else (especially the government) cannot take away from you or prevent you from having. A right is not something that someone else (especially the government) must provide for you. We have the right to keep and bear arms. That does not mean the government, or gun makers, must give everyone firearms.