California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) took to her Twitter account Saturday to share her view that health care is not a "privilege" but rather a "right."
"Here's what I believe: health care is a right, not a privilege. RT if you agree," she tweeted.
Here's what I believe: health care is a right, not a privilege. RT if you agree.— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris) 1489857391.0
The tweet comes as the nation continues to debate which direction the health care system in America should go. Republicans recently introduced a bill to replace Obamacare. They have pledged to replace Obamacare with a market-based solution.
Democrats, on the other hand, continue to push for a health care system similar to the socialist systems found in Europe. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) regularly pushed for a single-payer, Medicare-like system.
Still, though, health care is not a legal right in America, like it is in many other first world countries. That's mostly because simply declaring it a right doesn't solve the problem of who would pay for everyone to have the care — since health care, after all, costs money.
Harris' constituents were quick to inform her of that fact on Twitter:
Guns are in the Bill of Rights, but they aren't one. The right to have others pay for your health care is not, but is a right? @KamalaHarris— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter)March 19, 2017
@KamalaHarris I mean, you also think infrastructure spending is a right so....— Brandon Whitehill (@bwhitehill27) March 18, 2017
Health care is between an individual and her doctor. You have no right to take my money go pay for your "right".@KamalaHarris— PBS=Pravda Guerrilla (@FoundersSeceded) March 19, 2017
@KamalaHarris Everyone has "the right" to purchase health care. You don't have the "privilege" of forcing me to pay for YOURS.— CK (@grannygethealth) March 19, 2017
@KamalaHarris Any constitutional basis for your belief about the right of health care?— Arqahn (@Arqahn) March 18, 2017
TheBlaze's Matt Walsh had just one question for Harris: If health care is a "right," doesn't it apply to unborn babies, too?
Are the unborn included in this or nah? https://t.co/V1K8Sbprf5— Matt Walsh (@Matt Walsh) 1489960069.0