Ron Johnson, A Millionaire: Healthcare And Food Are A Privilege, Not A Right

YossarianJohnson

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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Christianwithabrain
Christianwithabrain

Republicans so love to point to their 'Christian Values'. Nowhere in the bible or the teachings of Christmas is this the message, but QUITE THE OPPOSITE! Please tell me that this A hole is an out and proud fascist, atheist?

Christianwithabrain
Christianwithabrain

Christmas, NOT Christmas! Damned autocorrect!

Christianwithabrain
Christianwithabrain

CHRIST!

Christianwithabrain
Christianwithabrain

Sheesh!

AngelEU
AngelEU

Life is a right... And you need food and health to stay alive... This fucking bastard doesn't have a functional neuron.

Abbie_Hoffman
Abbie_Hoffman

In states that have the death penalty, life is definitely a privilege

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

The answer to Rand Paul's question -- "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?” -- is that it makes them doctors. Clearly, Senator Paul neglected to read the Hippocratic Oath.

Allison17
Allison17

Government is created to serve the needs of its people for security, for health, for communication & transit, for health, for education. If it is YOUR tax dollar which is paying , then it is up to YOUR representatives to spend it for YOUR needs...for the common use of our nation's people. NOT to allow tax cuts for the rich & greed beyond the concept of rapine & jealous envy.

sconnell1791
sconnell1791

Well, no is entitled to other people's labor because that's slavery. People who work in healthcare and the food industry should not be forced to give up the product of their labor because some view it as a "right." When countries like China tried to treat food as a right, to distribute it through a state system, millions of people starved to death. A decentralized system of free market sales ensures that people don't starve and workers get paid for their labor. So in essence, he's right; no one is entitled to any particular good or service. There is a cost for it, and we do have to pay for it.

CharlotteLeffler
CharlotteLeffler

There are 7 levels of hell. Guess which one God will send you to. You sniveling creep!

durak_zheni
durak_zheni

Rand Paul may be a doctor by education, but he is not board certified, so he is no doctor. Rand Paul is an immature selfish brat, who has zero understanding of the hippocratic oath.

Gardoglee
Gardoglee

Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan walk into a bar. The bartender serves them tainted alcohol because there are no regulations. They die.

Many people talk about the "price of freedom". Part of the price is using your brain and your heart to understand that we all sink or swim together.

Realist 800
Realist 800

Well Senator Johnson I think you should follow your beliefs/statements and pursue your right to life by not eating ever again! You cannot really be that stupid can you? Guess you can!

Freck
Freck

My sister works in a Hospital in Bowling Green Ky hen he worked there and she said if the patient doesn't have anyway to pay he won't do a damn thing for them!

Baruch
Baruch

Another republican sociopath...how very not surprising. No empathy, no ability to care about others, just greed.

Unrecognizablekay
Unrecognizablekay

So should be your second amendment...

Libertyforall
Libertyforall

So you think people should be eternally damned for expressing an opinion (a pretty main stream and well reasoned one btw). You might be the one going to hell, if there is one, my friend.

TenOfSwords
TenOfSwords

The thing about "survival of the fittest" is that it sounds totally awesome - so long as it is someone else's survival that is at stake.

Mytrn237
Mytrn237

The only time you Senators seem to be interested in survival is when it comes time to increase your $alary! Time to empty some SEATS!!!!!!

JABCALI
JABCALI

And he honestly believes people will not break into his home and steal his food.

MeadMyles
MeadMyles

In answer to that final question, what you have are people dedicated to the healthcare profession as a calling not as a vehicle to wealth.

AngelFace13
AngelFace13

I don't think @sconnell1791 knows what slavery is based on his description. They forget they're paying for their own healthcare also. That's called contributing to society and controlling your tax dollars.

Sharononp
Sharononp

You are wrong. Rand is a board certified ophthalmologist. He is a Liberty loving senator and is one of the best in Congress, though not as much as his father was.

BClearlake
BClearlake

"To promote the general welfare" is already in the Constitution.

Badgers75
Badgers75

To Hell with the Corrupt Oligarchy/Plutocracy/Duopoly!! "We the People" need to throw out every level of Government that does the bidding of the Corporate Elite and remove Big Money Lobbyists! Otherwise we'll be joining Ancient Rome in the History Books....if it's not already too late!🤦😡😠

Hamish
Hamish

I'd call them gainfully employed, not a bloody leech on society like he is now.

Saul_from_SF
Saul_from_SF

"He said the minute you consider health care a right, well, who’s going to satisfy that right? "

Saul_from_SF
Saul_from_SF

"He said the minute you consider health care a right, well, who’s going to satisfy that right? " why do people repeat over and over and over the same stupid argument as if they were born 2 seconds ago? He may be a doctor, but definitely bad, irresponsible politician who makes statements without bothering to get basic info about the issue. Does he know that the US is almost only developed country not considering healthcare to be a right? Take a sabbatical and go to Canada or Germany and study how it works!

rseimone
rseimone

He seems to be unable to distinguish between healthcare that is needful for life (insulin for diabetics, heart meds, back surgery, etc) and something frivolous like a nose job or a tummy tuck.
What do you want to bet that his wife has boob implants?

CubsWin
CubsWin

Sharononp: YOU are wrong.

His ophthalmology certification is contested. He originally earned board certification in 1993 after the completion of his residency. However, in 1997 he formed his own board, called the National Ophthalmology Board, with 200 other physicians in protest of certification requirement changes by the American Board of Ophthalmologists. The now-defunct board was not recognized by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, so Dr. Paul was not board certified by a board recognized by the state since 2005, and since Dr. Paul's board dissolved in 2011, he has had no certification from an active body, according to the Washington Post. Kentucky state law does not require board certification for licensure.

Justsan67
Justsan67

Dear fake Christian, aka Paul Rand,

Matthew 25:35-40 New International Version (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Quico.Reed
Quico.Reed

Where in the constitution does it declare that the government has the authority--or the responsibility--to provide healthcare to anyone? Or that it MUST provide food to the people? It doesn't. In fact, the constitution is used to LIMIT federal power and intrusion into our daily lives, in order to avoid government overreach. To paraphrase, the constitution says "the government has the following powers, and anything not listed here is left to the STATES". The question is poorly framed. It should have been asked "Does the federal government have any obligation to provide healthcare and food to the people? Does it have any authorization within the constitution to do so?" The answer is NO. BUT...thanks to socialist progressive policies, the federal government has spread like a cancer into these areas.

Quico.Reed
Quico.Reed

It is ironic that this site is called "The Intellectualist", and yet the answers here are Emotional and not Intellectual. Stop the emotional responses and use your heads.

RevJimBridges
RevJimBridges

"Where in the constitution does it declare that the government has the authority--or the responsibility--to provide healthcare to anyone? Or that it MUST provide food to the people? It doesn't. In fact, the constitution is used to LIMIT federal power and intrusion into our daily lives, in order to avoid government overreach."

Senator Johnson has forgotten that our Constitution is not the only founding document. The Declaration of Independence is also one of the founding documents of our country - used to declare our independence from Great Britain. In that Declaration, it is proclaimed that all people "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,"

If we have the inalienable right to Life and the pursuit of Happiness, one must have the right to both food and medical care, for without such, there can be no happiness or life. Further, our government was instituted to secure these rights! It appears that Senator Ron Johnson needs to go back home and think a bit more before he makes any more silly statements.

quopro2355Nickynines
quopro2355Nickynines

The Constitution allows the people/government to do pretty much anything we wish to do so long as it "promotes the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity". This is mentioned in the Preamble of the Constitution which lays out the fundamental purposes and guiding principles and that courts have referred to it as reliable evidence of the Founding Fathers' intentions regarding the Constitution's meaning and what they hoped the Constitution would achieve.
NASA, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Weather Service, National Institutes of Health, The Interstate Highway System, all the Science Agencies that have provided research and advances in health and all types of science are NOT mentioned in the Constitution. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Social Security, Medicare, and the G.I. Bill are not mentioned in the Constitution. Noe of these agencies are mentioned either- United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Education, etc. etc.
I could go on for days. But these agencies and the good work of our government has caused us to become one of the greatest countries ever. If we stuck only to what was written and failed to use our imagination of what could be, what our Constitution actually DOES ALLOW instead of having the myopic and false belief that you and others have that somehow our Constitution only allows what is written in it, we would be a backwater nation taken even further advantage of by oligarchs and the very wealthy.
The Constitution does limit the Federal government in many ways, but it also allows us, the citizens, to do what we decide is best to "promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity' and that includes whatever we decide that is- including healthcare, welfare, scientific research of all kinds, exploration of ALL types, protecting consumers from unscrupulous banking and businesses, regulating communications and guns also.

Pogue
Pogue

Try reading the preamble. Here, I will quote it for you: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." And the idea the Constitution was written to limit federal power ignores history. The Articles of Confederation limited federal power, and they did not work. So the Constitution, which expanded federal power, was written. So really, perhaps you should learn a little before tossing out such ignorant comments.

DeerfieldBch
DeerfieldBch

This comment holds true in so many ways. Ron Johnson's answer is a thinking answer. If it does not make you stop to think about it, you are being emotional and leaving rationale out. It does not matter who he is or what he is worth. Honestly, who cares about other people that much to judge his answer based on who he is. If a super far left person who grew up poor to make it where he is said this, the comments would be agreeing with him. That is why this comment is true. It is never about what is said, it is about the person saying it. Our society and younger generations are DOOMED if they keep this emotional crap going.

MichellC
MichellC

At the time the constitution was written, There was no health insurance. They also, had abundant game to hunt, abundant fish to be caught, and land to grow their own food. With the population we have currently, there is not the game, fish, or land to make this feasible. This is why we have large scale farming. How quickly would food become a right if farmers went on strike? If the doctors decided to strike and no one got healthcare? I believe this would come under the heading, to promote general welfare.


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