Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crazy new plan to actually ensure health insurance for everybody in California will likely have all sorts of problems and certainly won’t ever satisfy everybody, but unless you’re a Mexican-hating multi-millionaire like Lou Dobbs, it’s hard to find something wrong with the idea of making basic medical care available to the self-employed and working poor.
Luckily for California, the state isn’t just home to communist hippies like the governor — it’s also home to Irvine’s beloved Ayn Rand Institute, which today attacked Arnold’s proposal as “a moral travesty.”
Read the objectivist objections to this latest GOP socialist attack on America’s values, after the jump.
Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
Calif. Bill Mandating Universal Health Insurance Is Immoral
January 10, 2007
Irvine, CA–On Monday Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a plan to mandate health insurance coverage to nearly all of California’s 6.5 million uninsured. Under Schwarzenegger’s plan, all Californians would be required to have insurance, including those unwilling or unable to afford it; the poorest would be subsidized.
According to Dr. Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute, “Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan is a moral travesty, and must be rejected.
“The governor’s plan is immoral,” said Dr. Brook, “because it is based on the premise that the needs or desires of some people give them a claim on the lives and property of others. This vicious double standard turns the providers–doctors, hospitals, businesses–into the serfs of those deemed to be in need. There is no right to health coverage. The governor’s scheme, like other socialist healthcare schemes, requires wielding government force to violate the rights of untold individuals.”
The Holocaust, the Iraq War, racial and sexual persecution, slavery and child abuse usually get the Moral Travesty label. This is the first time we’ve seen it applied to healing the sick, and we are impressed.