Universal or Single Payer Healthcare System will deny Americans the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

Universal/Publicly Funded/Single Payer Healthcare Systems will deny every Americans their rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

 

Every American knows that each of us has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence declared that on July 4, 1776.

 

The current proposal for health care reform by Obama and the Democrats contains provisions and mandates that will ensure that the American health care system will slide into a universal publicly funded or single payer system. That is the very goal of Obama and the Democrats in Congress. Contrary to the promises of the president, many Americans who has employer sponsored health insurance will be dumped into the government run system. There is no denying this fact.

 

How can a Universal/Publicly Funded/Single Payer Healthcare Systems deny Americans their rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness?

 

Most of us know by now that in order for the government to reduce the cost healthcare rationing must occur. Rationing is inherent to any Universal/Publicly Funded/Single Payer Healthcare Systems. Just ask any citizen of countries that have that kind of healthcare system. Furthermore, long waiting periods are also widespread in Universal/Publicly Funded/Single Payer Healthcare Systems. Again, ask any citizen of countries that have that kind of healthcare system.

 

Has anyone heard of the 2005 Canadian Supreme Court case Chaoulli v. Quebec.?

 

In 2005 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled by majority that the long waiting periods that are widespread in Canada’s public healthcare system is “an implicit form of rationing”.

 

The provision in the Canadian healthcare legislation prohibiting Canadians from obtaining private healthcare insurance was also found to be an “infringement of the rights protected” under Canadian Charter (their constitution) interests under s. 7 are enumerated as life, liberty and security of the person.

 

Here are some of the excerpts from the ruling:

 

     The evidence in this case shows that delays in the public health care system are widespread, and that, in some serious cases, patients die as a result of waiting lists for public health care.  The evidence also demonstrates that the prohibition against private health insurance and its consequence of denying people vital health care result in physical and psychological suffering that meets a threshold test of seriousness. [112] [123]

The breach of s. 7 is not justified under s. 1 of the Canadian Charter.  The government undeniably has an interest in protecting the public health regime but, given that the evidence falls short of demonstrating that the prohibition on private health insurance protects the public health care system, a rational connection between the prohibition on private health insurance and the legislative objective is not made out.  In addition, on the evidence, the prohibition goes further than would be necessary to protect the public system and is thus not minimally impairing.  Finally, the benefits of the prohibition do not outweigh its deleterious effects.  The physical and psychological suffering and risk of death that may result from the prohibition on private health insurance outweigh whatever benefit — and none has been demonstrated here — there may be to the system as a whole. [154-157]

 

Canadian Charter interests under s. 7 are enumerated as life, liberty and security of the person.  The trial judge found that the current state of the Quebec health system, linked to the prohibition against health insurance for insured services, is capable, at least in the cases of some individuals on some occasions, of putting at risk their life or security of the person.  The courts can use s. 7 of the Canadian Charter to pre‑empt the ongoing public debate only if the current health plan violates an established “principle of fundamental justice”.  That is not the case here. [164] [200]

 

All of this can happen in our country if we let these socialistic goals of reforming our healthcare system. I am not against reforming our healthcare system but not this way.

 

Universal or Single Payer Healthcare System is contrary to the values of the American people.

 

Universal or Single Payer Healthcare System will deny all Americans their unalienable right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

 

Read Chaoulli v. Quebec here:

 

http://csc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/2005/2005scc35/2005scc35.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaoulli_v._Quebec_(Attorney_General)

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2 Responses to Universal or Single Payer Healthcare System will deny Americans the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

  1. Godless American says:

    Excellent, the ‘right to life’ must not concern living healthy. Your entire offense is the precedence set in a Canadian court? That has absolutely no bearing in America.

    • pjnoel says:

      No precedent in the US court is true. But it gives a strong case how single payer or universal healthcare denies people their God given rights, no matter what country or government imposes the system. The case also shows beyond reasonable doubt that long lines and waiting periods that is common in single payer system jeopardizes people’s lives, safety, and the expectation to live comfortably even in sickness.

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