What is health care, except a blessing?

It’s a more constructive way to think of it, rather than a “privilege” or a “right”

They ask tougher, more politically relevant questions of the Miss USA contestants than they do the presidential candidates.

 

Why in the world?

Do these pageant people think we may have to call on Miss USA in a geopolitical crisis? Does she figure into the constitutional line of succession, just after speaker of the House?

Rest assured, she is safe from Russian hacking. They don’t much care what her political views are, and neither should we.

Truth is, the pointed questions asked of Miss USA contenders are intended as a bludgeon of political correctness: You may exhibit Olympian features above those of us mere mortals, but you darn well better think like the rest of us (meaning, of course, “the rest of us elites”).

Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough, while somehow still being crowned Miss USA, alas failed the liberal litmus test – when she was asked if health care is a right or a privilege.

“As a government employee, I’m granted health care – and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs,” said the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission scientist.

Clearly she’s right – intellectually. But that doesn’t sit well with her liberal monitors around the country, who’ve been blasting her in social media for being so “uncaring” as to not declare health care a right.

You know, as a cosmopolitan young woman born in Italy and employed in the sciences, she could’ve been asked a lot more questions relevant to her station in life.

As an NRC superstar, she has a lot to say, particularly to young girls about making their way in life and getting educated in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

But no. We’ve got to ask her a “gotcha” question.

So be it. She knocked it out of the park, and they couldn’t deny her the crown.

Maybe the logic of her answer ensared the judges in their own trap: “For one to have health care, you need to have jobs.”

What a mature, well-thought-out and perceptive response – not to mention courageous, standing up to political correctness. It’s true: In order for one person to obtain free health care, another must pay for it. It’s that simple.

It’s a little dicey to start saying that one person has a “right” to make someone else pay for something he or she needs or desires.

Perhaps a more constructive way to put it is that health care for all, regardless of ability to pay, is a blessing. A blessing made possible first by God, and secondarily through the training and labors of others, and a society that cares enough to leave no one behind.

Rather than talk of a recipient’s rights, which immediately erects barriers between people and sets one versus another politically, perhaps we should focus on the moral obligations of those who are affluent, able-bodied, industrious and – yes, blessed – enough to be able to provide for others.

However that shakes out politically is a question for our elected leaders – not beauty queens or nuclear scientists or those who happen to check both boxes.

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