Health care is our responsibility, not our right

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | 9:05 a.m. CDT; updated 11:30 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

The health care debate hinges on the question asked in the second presidential debate: Is health care a right or a responsibility? In America we have a few rights, and we have many responsibilities. Without meeting our responsibilities, we lose our rights. I recall my eighth grade teacher, Pauline Abel, admonishing us "Kids, kids, cooperate. Democracy is sharing responsibility." Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the rights upon which our nation is established, and they are what we fight for. We must exercise responsibility to preserve these precious rights.