The Declaration of Independence declares the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to be inalienable rights, rights that can be denied to no man. Franklin Roosevelt added food, clothing, housing and adequate health care in what he termed “The Second Bill of Rights”.
The difference should be apparent. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness do not require the taking of a right from one person to fulfill the right of another. However, implementation of the FDR’s Second Bill of Rights does just that. It demands the taking of personal property from those who have it in order to pay the cost of goods and services for those who do not provide for themselves, no matter the reason. A right cannot be denied. The inalienable right to life cannot be denied. The inalienable right to require someone else to pay your medical bills does not exist.
This is not to say that society has no obligation to support the needy. Dennis Miller, in his inimitable style, said it well when he said “We just want to see some bona fides, that’s all.”