Ron Paul: Education, Medical Care Aren't Rights
They are 'things that you have to earn'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2011 2:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Neither education nor medical care are rights, Rep. Ron Paul told MSNBC—they’re "things that you have to earn." Host Cenk Uygur asked Paul whether the government should give "a helping hand" to a hypothetical poor child in his district who couldn't afford tuition, to which Paul replied no. "You’re the government; it’s your money," he said. "I don't have a right to come to you and say my poor kid needs an education ... and say gimme $500. Nobody has a right to somebody else's wealth."

"You have a right to your life and you have a right to your property, but you don’t have—education isn’t a right, medical care is not a right," he continued. Watch the clip at left.