Obama says health insurance is a 'right'
The president thinks so. Obama believes that he can simply decree a right into existence where there was none before.
See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly - states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland - competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable.
So I'm going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it's supposed to. Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn't a privilege - it is your right. And we're going to keep it that way.
I am constrained to point out that a less than expected increase in insurance rates, as is the case in states the president mentioned, does not make health insurance "more affordable." But the president has never been good at math so perhaps we can excuse him for his ignorance.
The real eye opener is the president adding to the pantheon of "rights" that Americans enjoy simply by decreeing one into existence. What a novel approach! Imagine all the things a clever president can make into a "right" to possess.
You have a right to own a car.
You have the right to own a phone.
You have the right to own a TV. (Big screen!)
You have the right to own an iPad.
The sky's the limit. In fact, any commercial product that's popular can quickly be made into a "right" to own and the government would guarantee that the new "right" is protected by buying one for everyone.
Sorry, Barry. But it doesn't work that way. Try working on guaranteeing the rights we already have - something you've been rather slipshod in doing since you took office.