Health care costs are skyrocketing out of control, the headlines blare.

More than 40 million Americans cough and sniffle through life without health insurance, critics complain.

Thomas Jefferson, in his treatise for independence, wrote passionately of mankind's inalienable rights and the fundamental right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But, nowhere in all the surviving paperwork can we find evidence the founding fathers argued health care is – or should be – a fundamental American right any more than owning a house. Guns? Yes. Antibiotics? Not so much.

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