Bernie Sanders has a lot of interesting ideas. He is a self described socialist. Here is some of his thinking on healthcare.
“Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist, was at the head of the pack in declaring that health care should be a right of citizenship.
“When you look around the world, you see every other major country providing health care to all people as a right, except the United States,” Sanders said.
“The problem with his statement is that rights aren’t the government’s to give. John Locke, the 17th century English philosopher, wrote about inalienable rights: God-given rights that can’t be taken away. (Agnostics and atheists may prefer to think of these rights as inherent in nature.) Locke considered life, liberty and property to be among such natural rights.
“A century later, Thomas Jefferson adopted Locke’s definition when he drafted the U.S. Declaration of Independence, citing “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as inalienable rights. Government’s role is “to secure these Rights,” Jefferson wrote, not to create new ones.
‘The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, enumerates some of these natural rights: freedom of speech and religion; a free press and free assembly; and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. Even more important, the Bill of Rights prohibits Congress from enacting any law interfering with the exercise of these freedoms.”
Source: Why Health Care Is Not a Right | Economics21