GOP Rep.: Healthcare is not a right

By David Edwards
Thursday, March 5, 2009 10:55 EDT
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President Obama is set to convene a summit on reforming healthcare today. Rep. Zach Wamp told MSNBC’s Tamron Hall that the Obama’s healthcare plans would lead to socialism. Wamp believes that healthcare is not a right because many choose not to have insurance.

“This is almost class warfare in order for him to be able to say everyone now has health care. Listen, healthcare is a privilege,” said Wamp.

Tamron Hall asked Wamp to explain. “I was just about to say, for some people it’s a right but for everyone frankly it’s not necessarily a right,” he said. “Half the people uninsured today choose to remain uninsured. Half of them don’t have any choice, but half of them choose to to go naked and take the risk of getting sick. They end up in the emergency room costing you and me a whole lot more money.”

This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast Mar. 5, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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