Dr Jane Orient

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Preview: The total program being pushed by “right-to-healthcare” cheerleaders is full of mandates. A mandate mans you have NO right to opt out, except possibly through some limited exemptions. It starts with controlling the money, but increasingly involves your body—the treatments you MAY receive, the ones you may NOT have, and the ones that you MUST take…

Americans need to look behind the “rights” rhetoric, see the chains, and follow the money.

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May 1, 2018

Mandates: the Other Side of the ‘Right to Healthcare’

by: Jane M. Orient, M.D.

A “right to healthcare” is a seductive idea that many Americans accept without thinking. But we need to take a closer look at what this means. The total program being pushed by “right-to-healthcare” cheerleaders—primarily Democrats—is full of mandates. A mandate means you have NO right to opt out, except possibly through some limited exemptions. It starts with controlling the money, but increasingly involves your body—the treatments you MAY receive, the ones you may NOT have, and the ones that you MUST take, especially vaccines.

The old, if little-known news is that seniors have NO right to turn down Medicare Part A—unless they forgo all Social Security benefits and refund any they have already received. Seniors enrolled in Medicare have NO right to spend their own money on covered services, which may be unavailable or of poor quality at the Medicare-controlled price—unless they see an opted-out or nonenrolled physician.

Under the [Un]Affordable Care Act, Americans have NO right to opt out of costly “minimum essential benefits” and buy a low-cost catastrophic-only plan, derisively called “bare bones” or “junk” insurance—without paying a penalty. (The penalty has thankfully been reduced to $0 under Trump’s tax reform, but the benefits mandate remains, so true insurance is still outlawed.) People and businesses have NO right to opt out of paying for other people’s lifestyle choices, such as abortion and contraceptives—with limited, hard-fought exceptions. More