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Rapper French Montana: Health care a “right,” not a “privilege”

French Montana knows health care policy now after filming one music video in Uganda. (YouTube screenshot)

The burden of repealing and replacing Obamacare has been on the Senate for the last month since the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act in May. And while the debate over stripping health care from millions of Americans continues to dominate the discussion between Democrats and Republicans, CNN has decided to amplify the voices of celebrities to weigh in on the conversation.

In a new series from CNN called #GetPolitical, rapper French Montana (born Karim Kharbouch) wants everyone to know that because of his recent trip to Uganda to shoot a music video, he now thinks all Americans should have health care.

“Heath care is kind of a privilege right now but it needs to be a right. When it comes to humanity I feel like a lot of people gotta step up to make it better,” Kharbouch said.

Kharbouch, who as born in Morocco but raised in South Bronx, saw poverty up close to realize that everyone should have adequate access to health care. Since returning from Uganda, Kharbouch linked up with Global Citizen’s #2BSTRONG Campaign and Mama Hope to launch his “#Unforgettable Healthcare Campaign.” By pouring in $100,000 himself, French and his coalition have so far raised over $226,000.

“I feel like especially with artists like me and other artists that have a platform to showcase this kind of message and show a difference and really go out there and do it — not just speak about it and post about it on Instagram,” Montana said. “I feel like we gotta show action nowadays.”

Kudos to Montana for at least putting his money where his mouth is. The main problem with his argument about healthcare is that a service provided by another person (in this example, medical treatment) is not a right. Patients in need of healthcare do not have dominion over medical personnel, doctors, and nurses to perform medical care, and, as a result, they’re expected to respect that dominion.

Of course, everyone should have adequate access to healthcare through the free market, and that’s what Montana seems to be arguing, that’s not what is being debated on Capitol Hill. The debate in Congress is what role the federal and state governments have in dictating how much subsidies should go towards health insurance. It’s more taxpayer-funded welfare that doesn’t guarantee health care access, let alone access to good health care.

If French Montana is eager to learn how to make health care better and more widely available, he should look at how competition in the music industry pushes him to make better music. Competition among health care providers does the same. The free market, not government, is the answer.


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