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..::: OCTOBER 16, 2003

Grocery Strike Is Wrong—Health Care Is Not a Right

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—The Southern California grocery strike, which seeks to establish health care as a right, is profoundly wrong, according to an op-ed released by California-based Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM).

"Health expenditures have been escalating for years, but employers have typically resisted holding workers accountable to higher prices," AFCM contends. "America's employers are finally acknowledging the limits of employer-based, cradle-to grave health care coverage. They are realizing that health insurance, like auto, home and life insurance, must bear some relation to the individual—that the insured must pay for the insurance."

"Each person is primarily responsible for his or her own health care," AFCM insists. "Benefits are extended at the discretion of the business, which has no moral obligation to pay for anything but the cost of doing business—which may include covering part of workers' health costs. It is the employer's right to choose its terms of employment and it is the employee's right to decide with whom he or she is employed."

"L.A.'s grocery strike offers a stark contrast between socialism, which is based upon dependence on others, and capitalism, which is based upon self-reliance and independence," AFCM concludes.

Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM), founded in 1993, publishes a consumer's guide and tutorial to MSAs on its Web site. AFCM is the nation's only educational organization based on individual rights, personal responsibility and free market ideas in medicine.

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