Health care cannot be a natural right of an individual for two parallel reasons, it violates the rights of others and such a right lacks moral justification. Part of an individual’s right to life includes the extensions of individual’s life such as property and money. A right to health care is diametrically opposed to the idea of self-ownership. If some people are entitled by right to the products of the work of others it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor. They must give up that part of their life – the energy and time it took to accumulate wealth and capital, to give to another that did not earn it. Medical treatment requires the production of goods using scarce resources and labor (physicians, nurses, etc.) to utilize them the correct way. It is a commodity that must be paid for in one way or another, it is not free. In other words, “rights” to goods and services is not an abstraction, it requires laws to conscript others to pay for it or to provide it. Democratic societies that vote in favor of the state to tax the wealthy to give to a poorest in need of medical treatment are not humanitarian, it’s an act of plunder. Those who advocate using force to steal from one group of people to give to another group of people cannot own the moral high ground. They do not promote the general welfare of every individual, instead they focus only on the collective interest. They confuse altruism with kindness or good will, the virtuous morals which involuntary self-sacrifice, in fact makes impossible.

I’ll end this with a quote from Ayn Rand…

 – Thus, for every individual, a right is the moral sanction of a positive—of his freedom to act on his own judgment, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, uncoerced choice. As to his neighbors, his rights impose no obligations on them except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating his rights.