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By Paul W. Swansen

Swansen Report - Issue #19

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Swansen Report - Issue #19
By Paul W. Swansen • Issue #15 • View online

It is often stated and we hear news sounds bites that health care is a right. 
Oh really?  Now the first two people you’ve heard about unless you’ve been in a coma or living under a rock for the past couple of years.  The third individual is likely not a name that might be familiar to you. Tricia Zunker is a democrat candidate here in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district, looking to fill the seat vacated by former Congressman Sean Duffy.
We have three Republican candidates running for the seat, Tom Tiffany, Jason Church, and write-in candidate Michael Opela Sr.  On the Democrat side, Lawrence Dale a former Green Party candidate joins Zunder to vie for the spot in the general election. The Wisconsin primary will occur on February 18, 2020. The general election will occur on May 12, 2020.
Zunker has little political experience here in the state of Wisconsin.  Her “political office” held according to, is that of a member of the Wausau School Board, and as a member of the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court.
Returning to the issue of Health Care is a right,  As shown above, all three of the individuals have either stated publically or state in their web sites, this decree.  However, let us look at our U.S. Constitution for some clarity.  
Drafted in NewYork city, March 4, 1789, the Bill of Rights became the preamble to our Constitution.  In case you’ve forgotten these 10 rights, let me refresh your memory.
  • Amendment 1 -  Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press
  • Amendment 2 - The Right to Bear Arms
  • Amendment 3 - Housing of Soldiers
  • Amendment 4 -  Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
  • Amendment 5 - Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
  • Amendment 6 - Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases
  • Amendment 7 - Rights in Civil Cases
  • Amendment 8 -  Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishments Forbidden
  • Amendment 9 - Other Rights Kept by the People
  • Amendment 10 - Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People
In my reading and search of the U.S. Constitution, I find no mention of Health care, in the Bill of Rights or anywhere else in the document.  So, my only conclusion is that this “Health Care is a Right,” is simply a misguided belief or a case of wishful thinking on their parts. It certainly has no basis in reality in the construct of our Democratic Republic.
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