Millionaire Republican Senator: Healthcare And Food Are A Privilege, Not A Right

Millionaire Republican Senator Ron Johnson told a group of high school students that healthcare and food are a privilege, not a right according to MSNBC.

Millionaire Republican Senator Ron Johnson told a group of high school students that healthcare and food are a privilege, not a right according to MSNBC.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spoke to a group of high-school students near Milwaukee on Friday morning, and he heard from one student who asked, “Do you personally consider health care as a privilege or a right?” The far-right senator replied: “I think it’s probably more of a privilege. Do you consider food a right? Do you consider clothing a right? Do you consider shelter a right? What we have as rights is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Past that point, we have the right to freedom. Past that point everything else is a limited resource that we have to use our opportunities given to us to afford those things.

“Sen. Rand Paul talked about this on the floor of the Senate. He’s a doctor. He said the minute you consider health care a right, well, who’s going to satisfy that right? And those people who have the skills to satisfy that right, what does that make them if they’re forced to provide you with that rightful product or service?”

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JON NEUBAUER
JON NEUBAUER

THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC... NOT A MOBOCRACY... THE PRE AMBLE IS NOT A GRANT OF POWER AND THE SENATORS ARE CORRECT...THE U.S. CONSTITUTION... USE IT OR LOSE IT 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸👍👍👍.

rjhuntington
rjhuntington

The right to life necessarily includes the right to life’s necessities, all of which were readily available to everyone prior to the advent of governments. What is and remains a privilege is the amassing of wealth, which would be impossible without the existence of government. Tax the wealthy! Feed the poor!

Kaneen
Kaneen

The constitution doesn’t regulate our needs and desires as citizens of these United States, it only safeguards the absolute. I’m not sure what he meant by outside of that is freedom. Ni@@a, freedom is absolute. Sorry, anyway, because we live in a democracy (a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.) We The People set the guidelines for what we want the government to help with. That piece of paper written in a land before time does not direct us nor order us, it merely is a baseline period. We should as equal citizens declare poverty a need to be helped by us. We should always want to help the unfortunate because it could be us.

natvam404
natvam404

The constitution doesn't declare a lot of rights, like the right for wealthy people to receive tax breaks not given, or even known to middle class and poorer citizens. We don't determine if wealthy people are hard workers or effective in society before we provide them tax breaks, but we do for the poor. So your constitutional argument is silly. As the richest country in the world, to not provide healthcare and care for homeless people is a moral crime. It's even more hypocritical to profess your distain for providing necessities for poor people if you have any religious beliefs and go to church and pretend to believe in your religion. The government is there to protect people that don't have the money to buy influence. This country is misguided by legal bribing such as lobbying to politicians to keep dividing the gap between the poor and the rich in this country, when there could easily be programs to assist poorer citizens and assuage our consumer, capitalist greed for just a moment.

TEESA
TEESA

I would love to see these Politicians learn to live on 12,000 a year. Then say stuff like this! There are reasons people make so little. The minimum wage doesn't equal housing and living costs!