Pelosi: ObamaCare is a right, not a privilege

posted at 8:01 pm on June 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

Of course it is. All progressive policy preferences are, you know.

Remember, once enacted, an entitlement is pristine and untouchable.

“Here’s the thing: the American Affordable Care Act stands there with Social Security, Medicare, health care for all Americans as a right, not a privilege,” said Pelosi. “It was opposed vigorously by two forces: one, the health insurance industry, and secondly by anti-government ideologues who do not believe that there should be a government role in clean air, clean water, as well as health care in our country.

“We don’t want our proposal to have any more government than it needs,” said Pelosi.

“It’s very private sector oriented, it’s market-oriented, it’s about prevention, it’s about innovation, it’s about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for the American people because it frees them, unlocks them from a job that they may keep only because of the health benefits to pursue their happiness.”

The word “health” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution.

The health insurance industry “vigorously opposed” ObamaCare? Really? Isn’t the left’s core critique of ObamaCare that it’s a giant giveaway to the health-insurance industry when it should have been a glorious government-run single-payer monopoly instead? If this galactic boondoggle wasn’t all that was left of her Speakership, I’m sure Pelosi herself would be dumping on it as a sell-out to corporations.

As for the “idea” that O-Care is some sort of inalienable right rather than a statutory privilege, normally I’d spend some time parsing that logic but since it’s Nancy “Are you serious?” Pelosi, I think we can just go ahead and wave it off. Here’s a fun and timely bit of data for you as a counterpoint, though:

When asked directly if the requirement to buy health insurance is a violation of individual rights protected by the Constitution, 60 percent of voters say yes — almost identical to the number who think the court should overturn at least that part of the health care law.

Nearly nine of 10 Republicans (87 percent), two-thirds of independents (66 percent) and a third of Democrats (33 percent) think the individual mandate is a violation of individual rights.

Proof positive, my friends, that the public wants ObamaCare gone, gone, gone. Exit question: Or is it?

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I thought California just instituted an Old Bag ban.


Wrong thread…

Bruno Strozek on June 9, 2012 at 12:05 AM

“It was opposed vigorously by two forces: one, the health insurance industry the citizens of the united states, and secondly by anti-government ideologues who do not believe that there should be a government role in clean air soda pop dispensing, clean waterdonut consumption, as well as health carecommunist indoctrination in our country.”

all fixed.

mittens on June 9, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Either the Botox migrateded or the needle went way to deep, I don’t believe anyone can be that dumb without outside help or being a CA. Liberal. Oh wait theres the answer.

stormridercx4 on June 9, 2012 at 12:38 AM

That terrible hag Nancy Pelosi keeps flapping her facelift about this, desperately trying to overwrite reality with her delusional pronouncements. Day after day she makes some inane distortive utterance, the entire orwellian script of decalring things ‘rights’ which ARE NOT. Claiming that socialized medicine is somehow equivalent to ‘the pursuit of happiness’.
She’s insane. And the sooner she’s out of office the better for America.

rayra on June 9, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Also, is she wearing a Star Trek costume?

bofh on June 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

If she is, she’d look better in red…like “away team” red.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I see what you did there. We all know what happens to the guy in the red shirt when they land on a planet.

trigon on June 9, 2012 at 1:28 AM

I see what you did there. We all know what happens to the guy in the red shirt when they land on a planet.

trigon on June 9, 2012 at 1:28 AM

They get Skittles and iced tea?

JohnGalt23 on June 9, 2012 at 3:13 AM


Pelosi longs for the ‘good ol’ days’ when she was strutting thru the halls of Congress, carrying her big hammer, her face contorted with her arrogant smarmy smile.

Those days are GONE Nancy !!

The nation now realizes YOU and your ilk are BAD NEWS for AMERICA. Pelosi’s hideous agenda will be scrubbed completely off the books. Every trace of YOUR Speaker-ship will be rolled back.

Buh-BYE Pelosi…now just go away !!

BigSven on June 9, 2012 at 3:39 AM

With Pelosi and her Marxist-minded minions, all Marxist constructs are rights, all religious dogma must be Marxist,all mandates are to be called freedom, and to cut thelist short:all evil is to be called good (Like abortion -it’s for the children)

Don L on June 9, 2012 at 5:46 AM

Pelosi needs to go down hard. She’s nuts. She can rot away in the house forever… she just needs to be so politically tainted that she never holds real power again. She can be the Helen Thomas of house.

Karmashock on June 9, 2012 at 5:49 AM

it’s about innovation

Because putting an onerous new tax on medical device manufacturers is really going to spur innovation, eh Nancy?

These people really are frighteningly stupid. What’s even scarier is that they keep getting re-elected . . . by people who are even more stupid.

AZCoyote on June 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM

I fail to understand how any supposed “right” can require the provision of goods and/or services on the part of another. This would imply compulsion, which might violate the 13th amendment. (Yes, that means education is NOT a right!)

Logic on June 9, 2012 at 7:23 AM

it should have been a glorious government-run single-payer monopoly

Actually, single-payer would be the polar opposite of a monopoly (a polymono?) In a monopoly, there is a single supplier. This results in higher prices and poor quality. In the opposite, there are many suppliers but only one consumer. This results in lower prices (because the sole consumer refuses to pay more) but also scarcity as nobody wants to get into that market and poor quality from those who do get in.

Odysseus on June 9, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Why do I see Pelosi on the news more than Boehner?

rhit87 on June 9, 2012 at 8:14 AM

The difference between conservatives and liberals in a nutshell. Rights are something you are born with, not something granted by the government.

pgrossjr on June 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

granted by the government.

pgrossjr on June 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

The liberal’s wet dream.

CW on June 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I hate to break it to people but there is a Constitutional right that you have that are only satisfied by the government forcing others to work to satisfy. The right to a jury trial. As we all know, the governments (federal and state) provide individuals this right by forcing others into jury service, as slavery essentially (being forced to work for $9/day at the threat of imprisonment is nothing less than slavery).

ObamaCare fails the Constitutional test not because the Constitution doesn’t provide any rights for individuals that require the slavery of other disinterested parties in order to satisfy but because there is no right to health care in the Constitution. ObamaCare fails miserably in any even halfway intelligent reading of the Constitution because it’s just not in there, not because it requires the government to enslave others in order to provide it.

Now, our federal courts have made health care a “right” (at the expense of enslaving doctors to provide it) for a small subset of people who enter an emergency room (which is a terrible and incorrect ruling) but even this only applies to a small number of people, just as the right to a jury trial doesn’t cover every single person all the time but only that small subset that find themselves needing a trial. Of course, if a large enough percentage of people would require jury trials, then there would have to be a serious determination of how accurate and fair it is to enslave so many innocent people in order to provide jury trials for others.

Also, you are enslaved by the government if a court considers you to be a material witness for someone else’s trial. In these instances, your time is no longer yours, you have no freedoms, at all, and your entire life is open to the public based on nothing more than the whim of the presiding judge. Anyone who has ever been in this situation understands how dangerous and insane such government compulsion on innocent individuals is (who are not even charged with a crime).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

unlocks them from a job that they may keep only because of the health benefits to pursue their happiness.”

I think millions of Americans will be shocked that the US Constitution (according to Botox Nan) affords them the right to quit their jobs so they can go fishing and hunting. on June 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I got tired in writing the above and stopped my argument short, but more than the “right” argument (which is what people were arguing) ObamaCare fails in that the federal government is not given the power to dictate all trade of anything just because it is or is potentially “interstate commerce” (or the lack of, in terms of health insurance) and health insurance is certainly not anything detailed in the Constitution to be within Congress’ or the federal government’s power. That is where ObamaCare runs afoul of the Constitution. Not in the “right that requires slavery” argument but in how it violates all Constitutional limits on the federal government.

Of course, serious abuse of the Commerce Clause is nothing new, which is the scary part. We have a federal judiciary that knows no bounds, itself, and therefore rarely understands the character and meaning of the Constitution, but THAT is where the very serious ObamaCare Constitutional problem is.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Flemming v. Nestor says otherwise.

calbear on June 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM Nancy Pelosi is in AZ with her PAC telling a PAC of lies about this man, he is running against one of progressive buddies @VoteJesseKelly

reshas1 on June 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Is it just me, or does she look like she’s tryng to be a Swedish general officer in that outfit?

J.E. Dyer on June 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Only in the world of Karl Marx is it a “right” Nancy. Pander to your little socialist enclave of San Francisco but stay the hell out of the lives of the rest of us.

rplat on June 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

“market-oriented”, You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Bulletchaser on June 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

So did Pelosi, Obama, or Michelle ever wear beards?


But they all married one.

LegendHasIt on June 10, 2012 at 2:45 AM

When I heard her mouthing these words this week, it’s clear that Dem operatives have focus grouped the phrasing and realize that the vocabulary of this election cycle is decidedly Constitutional and conservative.

It will be interesting to see how much of it continues, whether low information voters believe it, what the reaction of the liberal base is, and if they win how thin the dime is they turn on to throw it out the window after the election.

This is liberal taqiyah.

321mdl on June 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM