Senator Tom Harkin said this just before the December 24, 2009 Senate vote on health care reform:
"On one side is health care as a privilege; on the other side is health care a right. With these these votes, with the vote that we'll take before Christmas, we will cross that line finally and say that health care is a right of all Americans." SourceHe is of course referencing the Declaration of Independence where it says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." What is an unalienable right? When is a right unalienable?
"...natural rights (also called moral rights or unalienable rights) are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of a particular society polity. Natural rights are thus necessarily universal..." SourceRecommended reading: The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. One of the best history books you'll ever read.