Final paper - Daniel Zauderer Universal Healthcare A Libertarian Response The debate on healthcare in the United States has been of extreme

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Daniel Zauderer Universal Healthcare: A Libertarian Response The debate on healthcare in the United States has been of extreme importance in recent decades. The elderly have continued to make up more and more of our population and there have been numerous advances in medicine, making the issue more pressing daily. As such, an analysis of an important moral issue surrounding the debate is essential. There is one pressing question that needs constant attention: should the government be morally obligated to adopt a universal healthcare plan covering all of its citizens? Using a libertarian mindset I will attempt to come to a conclusion to this morally perplexing question. The answer to the above question is a resounding no. Universal healthcare tramples on the principles of individual liberty upon which our nation’s constitution was founded. Our nation is, at heart, a libertarian one. It is how the founders—some of whom were undoubtedly geniuses in political philosophy—intended it. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” is not a light message. It is a guarantee of fundamental natural rights which cannot be trampled upon by anyone. In our society, as long as one does not trample upon the liberty of others, he may do whatever he wants whenever he wants to do it; such is Mill’s “harm principle.” This liberty I speak of should not be interpreted as a sense of entitlement from the government. The rights which our constitution holds dear are negative rights ; the freedom libertarians speak of is a negative freedom . The rights of liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness do not require actions of others in order for them to be respected; they only require that one inflict no harm.
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The right to healthcare is no such right and should not be considered valid. Nowhere in the constitution is the right to healthcare mentioned.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 337 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Trinity College, Hartford.

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Final paper - Daniel Zauderer Universal Healthcare A Libertarian Response The debate on healthcare in the United States has been of extreme

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