Sam, if we have an unalienable right to health care itself (not merely the pursuit thereof), then it is in fact the mandatory responsibility of the Government to defend that right through its granted power to apply the force of law. I'm merely asking if we in fact have such a right, or more properly if such a right can even exist. Perhaps the gist of the matter comes down to the egalitarian utopia of equality. Should the force of law be used not merely to defend our unalienable rights, but to go well beyond this and actually dictate what is an unalienable right (or what is not) in an effort to bring upon us by force the utopia of equality? And furthermore, do or can rights stem from force, or do they stem only from that which is inherently required for the survival of the individual? Also, is there such a thing as a collective right, or are rights the inherent property of only individuals? In its barest form, the question becomes: Can rights exist outside of the realm of property ownership and the defense thereof? Can property be extracted or denied in any percentage to some, so that others can have "equal rights" (and if such force is applied, where is the equality)? What are rights? What is the proper function of government? Can it force us to be equal, or should it merely provide a level playing field whereby we can pursue our dreams and ambitions. And if someone perchance achieves their dream, do others have a "right" to any portion of it via government force and compulsion?
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