In its never-ending war on the poor and middle class, Cashin’ In debated whether or not health care should be a right last Saturday (5/11/13). Host Eric Bolling gave a clue to where the segment would go when he opened the show by saying “Cashin’ In derailing the liberal gravy train right now.” But regular panelist Jonathan Hoenig took it to a whole new level when he argued that health care would “enslave” others and result in the “destruction of all rights.” He, Bolling and guest Wayne Rogers repeatedly likened health care to a big car or a free meal or something downright un-American. Fortunately, the two women on the panel had a kinder view.
Hoenig said, “(M)any Democrats are completely ignorant as to just what a right is. A right is a right to action, to pursue your life, liberty, and happiness. It’s not a right to a freebie or a goodie or a good or service from someone else. Just the notion of a right to health care means that other people are enslaved to provide you with that health care. The result is the destruction of all rights. …That’s why health care, education, a haircut or a free meal is not a right.”
Democrat Julie Roginsky said, “We do have mandatory education, you have to send your kids to school. So if we have mandatory education, I think education’s very important, but your health is everything.”
Bolling jumped in to argue, “So education’s a right, health care’s a right also?”
“I think health care is absolutely a right,” Roginsky said.
“What about a big house? What about a nice car?” Bolling said, suggesting that both education and health care are some kind of luxury.
Even Tracy Byrnes, who normally sides with the rest of the panel, was on the side of health care. “Look, you’re going to let a sick baby die because he doesn’t have health care? This is inhumane if you’re telling me that people don’t deserve some form of health care. Look, I’ll be the first person to tell you Obamacare is a piece of crap and it’s not going to help our health care system, but to tell me you’re going to allow people in our fine country that our forefathers found…”
Bolling cut her off. “Who said that?”
“I’m just saying everybody deserves something, Eric. If you live in this fine country, you deserve to be helped if you’re sick,” Byrnes said.
Roginsky added, “Amen.”
Bolling, however, was determined to pretend everyone has great health care (undoubtedly while enjoying the benefits of his own health insurance paid for by someone else). “Wayne Rogers, you tell me one place in this fine country that Tracy talks about that someone with a child who does not have health care can’t walk into an emergency room somewhere and get health care.”
Rogers answered, “Obviously, Thomas Jefferson and Madison and the people who were responsible for the Constitution would roll over in their graves if they heard this. These are people who are talking on the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate who have never read the Federalist Papers. They have never read the background of the Constitution. They know nothing about the enlightenment and philosophy of Adam Smith and Hutchison and the people who founded those things. …We have no entitlements and rights, we have individual liberty… and Jonathan is absolutely right.”
Byrnes said, “You can’t just let people die in the street.”
Bolling sneered, “You just did it again Tracy. Who lets people die in the streets? We don’t do that in America!”
Roginsky made a good point. She asked Hoenig, “You don’t think that when you have a kid walk into the emergency room that we’re not all paying for it? Twenty two hundred dollars per family is what it’s costing us. So what should we do? Let them die in the streets?”
Hoenig turned it into a mean-spirited little joke. “I think Julie and Tracy should be responsible because you guys care so much about it.”
Byrnes shot back, “You don’t care about kids at all. We all know that. …I think every single person that lives in this country has the right to some sort of care. We cannot let people die in the streets. We are not Calcutta.”
But making America more like Calcutta is exactly what Hoenig and many of his like-minded pals at Fox News would love to do.