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?”

Robbed you of context, of history, and common sense.

Well said!

Both he and Ryan - two ignoble oligarchs, suck $200,000 a year out of taxpayer's pockets, and want more, even if means shaking Joe and Jane Blow from the Medicare and SS benefits. They'll get it with this Congress, unless we make them realize that their taxpayer salaries and benefits are "Entitlements" and should be cut.

How appropriate that his last name means dick.

I live in Australia, where we have universal healthcare, paid for by a 2% taxation levy. I worked my whole life, and now I am retired and in receipt of a government funded Age Pension. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer - an incidental find when I had a CT scan (free) for a problem with my throat.I had surgery to remove the tumour - my surgeon was world class, in fact, he is the Chairman of the International Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons Association, and a Professor at Sydney's most prestigious university. He is also a pioneer in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. I was in hospital for a week - all free, including all drugs and dressings. Pathology revealed I have adenocarcinoma of the lung - even though I gave up smoking in 1994. This particular cancer affects former smokers and those who contract it via second-hand smoke. Upon my release, I had home help for 6 weeks - 3 times per week someone came who would help me to shower and dress, and do household chores. I was also loaned such equipment as I would need - a shower stool and a seat thingy which went over the toilet, but which increased the height, and it had handles to help me get up. My surgery opened up my back, as they started to do keyhole, but I bled and it was uncontrollable. Since my release I have been under the care of Australia's first hospital dedicated to treating and curing cancer - I have an excellent Thoracic oncologist, an Integrative Oncologist, an Exercise Physiologist (including a gym where I go twice a week) and a Dietitian. All free. At no time have I had any symptoms. The tumour they removed was the size of an orange. I would've been dead by xmas. Without my ongoing care, none of which I could afford to pay for, I would be dead right now. This is why healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I wish Americans could understand that.